USA women miss out on scoring opportunities in loss to Russia

By Terry Kolesar | Feb. 11, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
Feb. 11, 2014

Missed opportunities haunt U.S. ladies in loss to Russia 

(SOCHI, Russia) - Erika Brown and the U.S. ladies could not take advantage of scoring opportunities Tuesday morning in a 9-7 loss to Russia at the Ice Cube Curling Center. 

Brown (Oakville, Ontario/Madison, Wis.) and teammates Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Ann Swisshelm (Chicago) slip to 0-2 in the nine-game round robin standings here at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 

"We'll go back and get some rest, talk about our next game, how we're all feeling, and how we can help each other out there," said McCormick, 40, who makes a living as a curling supplies distributor.

Russia, in contrast, improves to 2-0 in their quest to earn their country's first Olympic medal in curling. The Russian women out-shot the U.S., 83 percent to 77.

"We missed on the wrong side on a couple of shots, particularly in the fourth and fifth ends. In the fifth, we're sitting two and hitting for three," said Bill Todhunter (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Team USA coach. "Debbie [McCormick] threw her shot just a little timid, and crashed on the guards. If we would have missed that shot on the other side, making the hit but rolling out, we're still sitting two. Instead they end up stealing two, which was the difference in the game."

The U.S. ladies had a difficult shot at a chance for two points in the opening end but had to settle for a single instead to get on the scoreboard. A good defensive end by the Americans resulted in Sidorova being forced to make a takeout and accept the single point in response.

The U.S. set itself up well for a profitable third end as McCormick placed two stones behind a corner guard. When Russia had a hogline violation with its final stone, Brown had a draw for three points. Russia answered with a takeout for two points in the fourth end to pull within a point.

Sidorova, 23, and her host country teammates took the lead in the fifth end when the U.S. was short of the house with its final stone as the Russian ladies stole two points. 

"The fifth started out so well. I had kind of a half-shot, but it wasn't terrible because it rolled on. But then Russia made two great shots and we didn't get what we needed out of Erika's shots and they ended up stealing two. I didn't see that coming. I thought we had a really good end set up there," said McCormick, 40, a four-time Olympian.

The U.S. had a positive end set up in the sixth and had a chance for two points but the final stone was heavy and they settled for the single instead.

In the seventh end, Sidorova made a double takeout and kept her shooter stone in the rings to create the deuce for a 7-5 advantage.  The U.S. team wasn't able to set up a deuce to answer, settling instead for another single.

Russia put the game out of reach in the ninth end when Sidorova made an open takeout for two more points. The U.S. tried in earnest to set up a big end in the 10th but ran out of rocks.

The U.S. ladies return to the ice at 7 tonight to take on Great Britain's Eve Muirhead rink (0-1). Meanwhile, John Shuster and the American men (1-0) face China (1-0) this afternoon as the second day of the round robin continues. 

Line score:
Russia (Sidorova) 010 220 202 0 - 9 
*USA (Brown) 103 001 010 1 - 7 
*last rock in first end

Draw 4 scores: Canada 9, Sweden 3; Russia 9, USA 7; Switzerland 7, Denmark 6; Korea 12, Japan 7

Standings, Women:
Canada 2-0
Russian Fed. 2-0
Switzerland 2-0
Korea 1-0
Sweden 1-1
Japan 0-1
China 0-1
Great Britain 0-1
Denmark 0-2
USA 0-2

Standings, Men:
Sweden 2-0
China 1-0
Norway 1-0
Canada 1-1
Denmark 1-1
Great Britain 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
USA 0-1
Germany 0-1
Russian Fed. 0-2

Teams are competing in a nine-game round robin through Feb. 17 followed by playoffs on Feb. 19-21. 

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Here is a look at the U.S. team's round robin competition schedule (all times local, Moscow/MSK):

U.S. Women:
Tuesday, Feb. 11: USA v. Great Britain, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: USA v. China, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: USA v. Japan, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14: USA v. Denmark, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: USA v. Sweden, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: USA v. Canada, 2 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: USA v. Korea, 9 a.m.

U.S. Men:
Tuesday, Feb. 11: USA v. China, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: USA v. Denmark, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13: USA v. Great Britain, 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14: USA v. Germany, 9 a.m.; and USA v. Russia, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: USA v. Canada, 9 a.m.; and USA v. Sweden, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 17: USA v. Switzerland, 2 p.m.

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For more information: 

Terry Kolesar, Press Officer, Team USA 
719-207-5083 (mobile-Russia)

Rick Patzke, Assistant Press Officer, Team USA
719-207-5089 (mobile-Russia)

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