United States Wins First-Ever Olympic Gold in Women’s 3-on-3 Basketball

The United States women’s 3-on-3 basketball team made history after winning the first gold medal in the Olympic debut of the sport.

The team comprised of current Women’s National Basketball Association players Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young defeated the Russian Olympic Committee with a score of 18-15 at Tokyo’s Aomi Urban Sports Park on July 28.

Plum, who plays for the Las Vegas Aces, scored all five of her points early in the game, helping her team take the lead.

Meanwhile, Dolson, who plays for the Chicago Sky, scored seven points — the highest in her team during the match.

Gray, who plays for the Dallas Wings, said in a report by USA Today that the gold medal is “top tier in my career.”

“I think the only thing that can top this is winning another gold medal. I don’t think any other accomplishment in my career tops this gold medal. The gold medal sits at the very top,” Gray said.

Head Coach Kara Lawson said at a press conference that the team was “a part of the beginning.”

“Years from now, as the story of 3×3 is told, it can’t be told without them winning the first gold medal in a really challenging fashion. The competition alone was really challenging but to have no practice with a player and come in and win the tournament, that’s not normal to do. I think it speaks to their toughness, their intelligence, their team spirit, and their flexibility,” Lawson said, as quoted by CBS News.

The team now has a 8-1 record, only losing to Japan in the pool play.

China won bronze in the tournament after beating France with a score of 16-14.


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