On Wednesday, the U.S. women’s 3-on-3 basketball team won the Olympic gold medal in a new event, making history.
The four-man team consisting of Jackie Young, Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson and Allisha Gray won the gold medal in the 3 on 3 basketball game of the Summer Olympics with a score of 18-15 in the Tokyo Olympic Committee game against the Russian Olympic Committee. Dollson, who played for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA, led by 7 points.
“This is incredible,” Dolson said. pass NPR. “Basketball is deeply rooted in the United States. It is incredible to be successful and win the gold medal.”
Including 3-on-3 basketball led to a fast pace of the tournament throughout the tournament, and the US team lost only one game. They defeated the French team 18-16 in the semifinals and booked a place in the final.
These four. The founder of history. Olympic champion. 🙌
— American Basketball 3×3 (@usab3x3) July 28, 2021
The winner is determined by the team that reaches 21 points first or the team that leads after 10 minutes. Both teams try to score on the same basket on a smaller field than traditional basketball, similar to a catch game.
All four American players play in the WNBA. Young and Plum played for Las Vegas Aces, and Gray played for Dallas Wings. Dorson added 9 rebounds to her team-high 7 points. Club scored 5 points, Gray had 4 points and 5 rebounds, and Young had 2 points and 3 rebounds.
Scoring in a 3-on-3 basketball is similar to a catch style and revolves around one-on-one and two-pointers—anything outside the three-point line counts as 2 points, not 3 points in 5-on-5 basketball.
The U.S. men’s team is not eligible to participate in the Olympics.