CURLING: Americans earn second win at 2008 World Women's Championship

March 23, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2008 Americans earn second win at 2008 World Women's Championship (VERNON, British Columbia) - Debbie McCormick's rink said arrivederci to Italy's Diana Gaspari rink as they handed the Italians a 6-5 defeat Sunday night at the 2008 Ford World Women's Championship at the Greater Vernon Multiplex. With tonight's win, McCormick (Rio, Wis.) and teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.) and Tracy Sachtjen (Lodi, Wis.) improve to 2-1 in the 11-game round robin. Canada and China are the lone undefeated teams at 2-0. "We wanted to be undefeated by this point, but 2-1 is still good," said Pottinger, who also confirmed that she is 18 weeks pregnant with her second child. "It ends up being a long week so we're happy with where we're at." The Easter Bunny dropped off eggs on the scoreboard in the first end as the Americans tested out the ice and blanked the end. They got to work in the second end but were forced to draw to the button for one after Gaspari drew through a port to remove the U.S. shot stone. The Italians also were forced to one in the third end to tie the game. The fourth end started to look advantageous for the Americans as Pottinger drew past a guard twice to place three U.S. rocks around the four-foot. But Gaspari ended up freezing to the shot stone and McCormick couldn't convert either of her runback attempts and ending up just getting another single. After the Italians were forced to just one point again in the fifth end, the U.S. ladies finally earned a deuce. Pottinger made a double takeout on the Italian stones in scoring position and Gaspari would miss the subsequent takeout, eventually leading to McCormick drawing for two to take a 4-2 edge. The U.S. applied pressure in the seventh end but with some of the hard throws the Italians tossed today they made the 42-pound stones look like gnocchi. Gaspari used her last toss for a double takeout to score two and tie the game once again. Italy escaped in the eighth end when McCormick had a chance for five but couldn't quite chip out Gaspari's last stone that she stuck in a nest of U.S. rocks around the four foot. So instead of a 9-4 score it was 5-4. The U.S. ladies gave themselves some breathing room after stealing a single in the ninth end to take a 6-4 lead heading into the 10th end. However, the Italians were poised to set up the game-tying deuce in the 10th end after getting a stone buried behind a guard that the U.S. missed the takeout on. McCormick made a takeout on one stone, leaving Gaspari with a hit to force the extra end. It wasn't in the cards for the Italians, though, as they fell to 0-3 when the skip's last stone rolled out of the rings after making the takeout. "We were kind of close there in that end, but we also had a chance for five and didn't get that," Pottinger summarized. "We're definitely executing better. We felt like we controlled most of the game." Switzerland's Mirjam Ott made a triple takeout with her last stone in the 11th end to knock off Andrea Schopp's German squad, 12-11, in a high-scoring shootout. Japan handed Denmark its first loss of the round robin, 8-6. Canada's Jennifer Jones dropped a six-ender on the young Czech Republic team to sew up an 11-4 win in six ends. In action earlier today, China's Bingyu Wang rink improved to 2-0 as they stole two points in the 10th end when Russian skip Liudmila Privivkova missed a takeout with the final stone. Sweden's Stina Viktorsson rink improved to 1-1 with a 9-5 win over Scotland's Gail Munro team. Game scores: USA 6, Italy 5; Canada 11, Czech Republic 4; Japan 8, Denmark 6; Switzerland 12, Germany 11 (extra end) USA line score: USA* 010 102 011 0 6 Italy 001 010 200 1 5 *last stone in first end Standings: Canada 2-0 China 2-0 Denmark 2-1 Japan 2-1 USA 2-1 Germany 1-1 Scotland 1-1 Sweden 1-1 Switzerland 1-1 Czech Republic 0-2 Russia 0-2 Italy 0-3 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).