TOKYO — Their scrapbooks and trophy circumstances are loaded with reminiscences from Ultimate Fours, national titles, All-America honors and even some impressive showings in the professionals.
Now, they all have Olympic gold medals to go with all that.
The U.S. staff of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Grey, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Youthful took an early lead versus the Russian Olympic Committee team, then held on for an 18-15 victory Wednesday to earn the title in the debut of 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics.
Later on Wednesday, ROC performed Latvia for the men’s title. Bronze medals went to China’s females and Serbia’s gentlemen.
Significantly as they did in the remaining, the Individuals dominated through most of the 5-working day match. They performed nine online games and only shed one particular. Plum, the all-time major scorer in NCAA history, led the way in this a person, as nicely, scoring 55 points more than the 9 game titles. She scored all 5 of her points in the closing early to stake the U.S. to a direct it never ever relinquished.
All 4 players are in the midst of thriving WNBA professions. Of the 4, Plum is the only one particular who did not win a nationwide title in faculty. This seems like a great deal more than a consolation prize.
When it was above, she acquired in a hug huddle with her teammates, then they created it over to the stands for a visit with IOC president Thomas Bach.
U.S. initial lady Jill Biden was at the Aomi City Sporting activities Park for the opener very last weekend.
Sure, this foursome, which came with each other only about the past few of months and overcame the late decline of Katie Lou Samuelson to a good COVID-19 take a look at, are part of the see-and-be-viewed group in Tokyo.