With First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden in attendance, the U.S. Olympic 3×3 Women’s Basketball Team (1-0) opened with a 17-10 victory over the world No. 1-ranked women’s federation, France (0-1), at Aomi Urban Sports Park on Saturday in Tokyo.
Led by seven points from Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Connecticut/Port Jervis, N.Y.), who shot 7-of-8 from the field and collected six rebounds, the U.S. received six points from Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Washington/Poway, Calif.), three points and five rebounds from Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/South Carolina/Sandersville, Ga.) and Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces/Notre Dame/Princeton, Ind.) scored one point and grabbed four rebounds.
Holding a 5-4 lead, the USA went on a 4-1 run before France scored three to pull to 9-8. From there, a 5-0 spurt that was capped by a 2-pointer from Plum, gave the USA a 14-8 lead, and the Americans finished off the game for the 17-10 win.
“It was more on the defense side – we were focused on limiting them in transition because that’s what kind of hurt us the last time we played them (at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament),” Gray said. “So, we just had to key in on our game plan.”