GANGNEUNG, South Korea (March 22, 2009) -
USA's Debbie McCormick rink is desperate for a win after falling to 0-2 in the standings Sunday afternoon at the 2009 Mount Titlis World Women's Curling Championship at the Gangneung International Ice Rink.
The defending world champions from Canada, led by Jennifer Jones of Manitoba, outplayed the Americans in the 10-3 loss. The biggest competitor for the Americans right now, however, seems to be themselves.
"They played well, but we had more problems with ourselves than anything," said Pottinger, a market research analyst and 2003 world champion.
The Americans carried over some other issues from last night's loss to Russia as well - figuring out the stones and where to place the broom.
"I think the thing we struggled with the most was the rocks. We moved one of mine and can't seem to get a handle on what they're going to do. We just have to spend more time with them, and hopefully, at our practice tonight, we can," Pottinger said. "We're at the point now where we put the broom down and it seems to be different for each player and that makes it tougher for Deb. Then everyone is trying so hard to make their shots."
With the loss, team USA now falls to 0-2 in the round robin standings. As a team, McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.) and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) shot just 64 percent today.
"We were hoping to come out of the weekend two and three," Pottinger said. "We'll take 20 minutes to mope about it and then get ready for the next one."
Canada controlled most of the ends with the Americans chasing. Jones started strong scoring a deuce in the first end when Jones made a soft takeout of the McCormick stone in the back of the four-foot for two.
The Americans were in trouble early in the second end with Canada controlling the house. Jones made a double takeout forcing McCormick to draw for one. The U.S. put some pressure on Jones in the third end, forcing her to make a tough takeout for one to take a 3-1 lead.
McCormick was left to aim for a single again in the fourth end when Jones chipped out the lone American rock in the top of the four-foot. McCormick would draw down to the eight-foot for the point.
Canada struck for two again in the fifth but the U.S. made them earn it. Pottinger made a perfect hit and roll with her last stone forcing Canadian vice skip Cathy Overton-Clapham to attempt the raise, which simply opened up the house still leaving USA with shot rock. Jones removed it with a runback to lie one and completely covered it. McCormick drew down to the four-foot but left it fully-exposed allowing Jones to make the hit for another deuce.
After the U.S. scored one more in the sixth, the game-sealer for the Canadians came in the following end. With Canada lying three in the eight-foot and the U.S. in the fourth scoring position Jones accidentally bumped the U.S. rock into second, maybe third position. McCormick used her final stone to convert an angle raise to lie shot behind the center guard. Jones would make an in-off from her own stone to score three and pound the nails on the coffin. Needing a lot of points in a hurry, McCormick tried to raise her stone in the eight foot to double out the Canadian rocks in the eighth but it over-curled and Canada would steal two, forcing the Americans to concede the win.
"Obviously two wins is good and we're happy with that," Jones said. "We've played two good teams."
Korea earned its first-ever win at the women's world championship in their second appearance at the event. Mi-Yeon Kim led her team to a 6-4 defeat of Italy's Diana Gaspari.
Live scoring from the World Championship will be posted online at http://www.usacurl.org
. All times posted are local (14 hours ahead of Central Time Zone; GMT + 9 hours). Game scores:
Canada 10, USA 3; China 9, Russia 3; Sweden 8, Scotland 5; Korea 6, Italy 4 Team USA line score:
*Canada 201 020 32x x 10
USA 010 101 00x x 3
*last rock in first end Standings: