The American team, Stefanie Dolson (five points, eight rebounds, one assist, one block), did not allow the French Mamignan Toure to get a legal shot on the buzzer, and the USA won in the semifinals 18-16 won so that they advance to the gold medal race, Wednesday morning at Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo.
Kelsey Plum (six points, two rebounds, one assist, one block) may have missed the first of her two free throws with five seconds left, but she made up with the second attempt and then Allisha Gray forced the ball away with another two seconds. . France takes a ridiculous two instead of one or a better two. Gray (six points, four rebounds, two assists, one block) made it 34 seconds ahead of the free throw that tossed the U.S. 17-16.
The USA led 1:14 with 1:14, but Toure and Laetitia Guapo succeeded one after the other to level the game with 1:07 left.
USA led three times in the last four minutes and four times in the first six minutes. It never dragged.
Jackie Young added a point and two rebounds to the winning streak, while Ana Maria Filip was phenomenal in the defeat with eight points, nine boards and a block. Marie-Eve Paget dished out four assistants for France to go along with her three points, while Laetitia Guapo (one rebound, one assist) also had three points and Toure (one rebound, one assist) finished with two.
The shooting numbers were fairly even – France had a slight advantage in the field goal percentage and the 2-point percentage. The US made four free throws for the one from France, but also missed three.
The USA will face Russia in the gold medal match.
Russia over China, 21-14
With 37 seconds left, Russian Olga Frolkina (nine points, one rebound) made a difficult two-pointer at the buzzer of the shot clock as she leaned to the left and dodged contact, and that ended the match.
Russia, who received 10 points, three rebounds and two blocks from Yulia Kozik, went on a crucial 4-0 run from 4:30 to 2:25 that took its lead from 11-9 to 15-9. This led the rest of the way with at least four. O. Frolkina scored three of the points during the run-up, including a two-pointer that made it 14-9 with 3:44 to play.
Kozik made three layups in the final 1:38, including a reverse, while O. Frolkina also had three points in the team to help Russia maintain its lead.
Zhiting Zhang did her best to give China a chance, and he scored seven points to pass along with three rebounds and an assist.
Russia has gained a significant advantage from outside the arc with an effort of 4 to 10 compared to China’s 1-of-8 performance.
Anastasia Logunova grabbed six setbacks for the winners to go with her one assist and her two points. Teammate Evgenia Frolkina dished out three assistants and suffered one setback.
Shuyu Yang scored four points, three rebounds and an assist in the defeat, while teammates Jiyuan Wan (four rebounds) and Lili Wang (one rebound, two assists) scored two points and one point respectively.