USA women steal win from Great Britain

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 14, 2018, 10:43 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 15, 2018

USA women steal win from Great Britain

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Nina Roth and the American women were back to their normal playing ways as they secured a big win over Great Britain this morning at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) bounced back solidly from a nerves-laden opening loss against Japan to beat one of the top teams in the world today in round robin action at the Gangneung Curling Centre. The win improves the American ladies to 1-1 in the nine-game round robin.

“It’s pretty good, we were a lot sharper out there today,” said Peterson, 28. “It was pretty close, I felt like we were in control for most of the game. There was only really one end, the ninth end, where we were forced to one that I felt we weren’t in control. But the rest of the ends, I wasn’t worried. We missed a few shots here and there, but so did they. It was pretty even. But, we had that one-point advantage and it’s nice to have that. Also, staying level headed out there and trusting the ice and your weights that you’ve been throwing all game.”

It was a back-and-forth battle between to the two familiar sides with the U.S. playing a perfect 10th end to come up with a steal of two points to get into the win column.

“We came out a little stronger than our last game. In our last game, we actually finished pretty strongly our last four or five ends,” said Coach Al Hackner (Thunder Bay, Ontario). “We put some pressure on them [Great Britain]. We scored two really nice deuces that gave us a little bit of control in the game and we hung on for our lives in that last end. Any one miss by our team in that last end and we would’ve lost the game. They all came through with their shots. And fortunately, Eve had a really tough shot to tie the game and didn’t quite do it.”

The U.S. team used a solid hit and roll with Roth’s second skip rock to put the pressure on Great Britain out of the gates. Muirhead’s takeout was successful but her shooter stone was swept out of second scoring position as they secured just a single point. The U.S. team was able to take advantage of a mistake from Great Britain in the second end to set up a draw for two points to take its first lead at 2-1.

Two great draws from Muirhead in the fourth end created a deuce for the Great Britain team. Peterson set the table for the U.S. team to score two in the sixth end with Roth nailing down the final draw as the American ladies regained the lead. The U.S. team then played solid ends of defense to eventually force Great Britain to make a nose hit for one point in the eighth to tie the game.

An unsuccessful double takeout attempt early in the ninth allowed Great Britain control of the end, eventually forcing the U.S. to make a hit to score one point. The U.S. team made every shot of the 10th end and had two stones covering half of the button, forcing Muirhead into a difficult draw that ended up heavy as the Americans stole the winning points.

“I think both teams played well. I guess at the end of the day, it comes down to last stone, last end and maybe we were on the wrong side of the inch. The USA girls played well and to be fair, so did we! It was a very good game,” Muirhead said.

Up next for Roth and the U.S. ladies will be Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni rink (0-1) at 8:05 p.m. KT. The Japanese women improved to 2-0 to take the top spot in the standings as they defeated Denmark, 8-5.

“Honestly, we did the same old thing. We relaxed. We were on a binge watch of ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix. So, we watched a few of those and all hung together and got a good night’s sleep,” Peterson said about what the team did last night to shake off yesterday’s loss.

Line score:

*Great Britain    100 200 010 0 – 4

USA                     002 002 001 2 – 7

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Japan 8, Denmark 5; Korea 8, Canada 6; OAR 7, China 6 (extra end)

Women’s standings:

Japan                  2-0

Korea                  1-0

Sweden              1-0

China                  1-1

Great Britain      1-1

OAR                     1-1

USA                     1-1

Canada               0-1

Switzerland        0-1

Denmark            0-2

Men’s standings:

Canada               2-0

Sweden              2-0

Japan                  1-0

USA                     1-0

Great Britain      1-1

Italy                     1-1

Norway               0-1

Denmark            0-1

Korea                  0-2

Switzerland        0-2

Round robin schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 15:

USA men vs. Italy (Joel Retornaz), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni), 8:05 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16:

USA men vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Denmark (Rasmus Stjerne), 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17:

USA women vs. Olympic Athlete From Russia (Victoria Moiseeva), 9:05 a.m.

USA women vs. Canada (Rachel Homan), 8:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18:

USA men vs. Japan (Yusuke Morozumi), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 8:05 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19:

USA women vs. Denmark (Madeleine Dupont), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Canada (Kevin Koe), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. China (Bingyu Wang), 8:05 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

USA women vs. Korea (Eunjung Kim), 2:05 p.m.

USA men vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 8:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

USA men vs. Great Britain (Kyle Smith), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg), 8:05 p.m.

Playoff schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 22:

Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:05 a.m.

Men’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23:

Men’s bronze-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24:

Men’s gold-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s bronze-medal game, 8:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25:

Women’s gold-medal game, 9:05 a.m.

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

USA women’s round robin results:

Japan 10, USA 5

USA 7, Great Britain 4

All games are streaming live at www.nbcolympics.com and on the NBC Sports app with TV coverage live or on tape delay on NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC. A complete schedule is posted at http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule#/.

For more information on the U.S. teams, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/2018-us-olympic-curling-team.

To follow along, go to https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/curling/daily-schedule.htm

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 0-104-364-8015 (Korean mobile).