Plum stars in USA's win over Romania in 3x3 Olympics action

25 Jul 2021

TOKYO (Japan) - A Kelsey Plum masterclass fueled women's favorite USA to a comfortable 22-11 victory over Romania in day two of 3x3 Olympic action.

Plum scored 12 points as the USA maintained their perfect record in Tokyo having rolled through day one with victories over No.1 seed France and Mongolia to underline why this WNBA-studded team is favored to go all the way.

Romania's campaign is in tatters after four defeats and - along with Mongolia - they are the only winless team in the women's draw.

Ursu v Plum

Romania star Sonia Ursu has struggled so far in the Olympics but started well with a couple of aggressive moves in a confidence boost. But Romania couldn't pull away because Plum matched Ursu shot for shot in a fast and furious start.

USA can't be stopped

The question was whether Romania could continue to stay within reach of a USA team that can heat up quickly. They tried hard but the answer was a resounding no as USA put the foot down.

USA's embarrassment of riches was underlined with Allisha Gray - a day one star - barely required and she finished with just 2 points.

The Hero

Plum, the emotional leader of USA, had been overshadowed by teammates Gray and Stefanie Dolson on day one but the Las Vegas Aces star took over against Romania.

The 26-year-old was in attack mode from the get go and unstoppable when she attacked the rim. Plum was a perfect 7-of-7 from inside the arc and also nailed a couple of two-pieces.