The U.S. Olympic Women’s 3×3 Basketball Team (7-1) held off a tough French (5-4) squad for a 18-16 semifinal victory on Wednesday evening at Aomi Urban Sports Park on Saturday in Tokyo. The U.S. is poised to take on the winner of the Russian Olympic Committee (5-2) versus China (6-2) semifinal in tonight’s gold medal game at 9:55 p.m. JST (8:55 a.m. EDT).
Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/South Carolina/Sandersville, Ga.) and Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Washington/Poway, Calif.) finished with six points apiece, Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Connecticut/Port Jervis, N.Y.) scored five and grabbed eight rebounds, while Jackie Young (Las Vegas Aces/Notre Dame/Princeton, Ind.) added a point.
The U.S. never trailed in the game and was up by four points three times, the last came after Gray scored to make it 12-8 with 4:12 left in the game. France would not back down, however, and rallied back to knot the game at 16-all with 1:07 left on the clock. With 34 ticks remaining, France was whistled for its seventh foul, and Gray scored one of her two tries from the line to push the USA ahead 17-16. Plum scored the USA’s final point from the line with five seconds remaining.
With two seconds left, the ball went out of bounds to France, which called for a timeout. Needing a 2-pointer to send the game into overtime, France’s final shot was off the mark, and the USA advanced to play for gold.
The USA forced six turnovers, won the rebounding battle 18-15 and Gray, Plum and Dolson all recorded a blocked shot.
France will play the loser of the China-ROC semifinal in the bronze medal game.
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