The U.S. women's 3x3 hoops squad is 1 triumph distant from gold.
The squad defeated France 18-16 connected Wednesday, advancing to the sport's archetypal golden medal game.
Team USA ne'er trailed successful the game, taking a 15-12 pb erstwhile Kelsey Plum eluded her defender with a hesitation dribble thrust and converted the layup with 2:17 remaining. France came backmost to necktie it astatine 16 with 1:07 remaining connected a layup by Laetitia Guapo.
Following an violative rebound, the U.S. regained the pb connected a escaped propulsion by Allisha Gray with 34 seconds remaining. In the closing seconds, Gray past grabbed different violative rebound and kicked it retired to Plum, who deed 1 of 2 escaped throws with 5.6 seconds near for an 18-16 lead. France's Mamignan Toure past missed a desperation 2 arsenic clip expired.
Team USA changeable 46 percent from the tract but struggled from heavy (1-for-7) and from the free-throw enactment (4-for-7).
Stefanie Dolson had 5 points and 8 rebounds, scoring 3 of the United States' archetypal 4 points of the crippled for a 4-1 lead. Ana Maria Filip had a game-high 8 points for France.
Plum and Gray had six points each to pb the U.S., which awaits the victor of the semifinal matchup betwixt China and ROC. The golden medal crippled is scheduled for Wednesday astatine 8:55 a.m. ET connected USA Network.
The First Lady sat with French President Emmanuel Macron successful the stands connected Saturday and talked to the squad afterwards.