The effort was led by seven points from Dolson, the Chicago Sky center, as Team USA topped Russia, 18-15. The Americans never trailed during the final.
Bringing home the gold wraps a dominant performance from Team USA. Comprised of Dolson, the Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray and Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young of the Las Vegas Aces, Team USA lost only one game throughout the tournament, ending with an 8-1 record.
“It feels incredible,” said Dolson after the victory. “I don’t think any other accomplishment in my career tops this gold medal,” added Gray. “The gold medal sits at the very top.”
The more pickup-style of basketball debuted at the Tokyo Games, delivering a more fast-paced and aggressive style of play. Dolson and Team USA proved ready to rise to the challenge. “Basketball runs deep in the USA and to pull this off and win gold is incredible,” Dolson said.
The win gave the U.S. its 11th gold medal at the Tokyo Games, bringing its overall medal count to 31, the most of any competing nation. It also represents the second gold medal and eighth total medal captured by Team LGBTQ.