USA women survive thriller against OAR

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 16, 2018, 11:06 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 17, 2018

American women grab second win in overtime thriller

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Nina Roth and the American women showed nerves of steel in earning a last-stone win over the Olympic Athlete From Russia this morning in round robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) watched her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) furiously sweep the final stone into the eight-foot to secure the 7-6 extra-end win over Victoria Moiseeva’s team.

“It felt really good out of my hand and then I saw the girls pound it. They’re great at judging and reading rocks, so they kind of knew they had to pound it and then it started curling – so all I could do was yell at them, which I did!” Roth said and laughed.

“All teams benefit from having good sweepers. Aileen and I are pretty good on the brooms and we knew with that last rock we had to sweep. We knew where we had to put it and we did just that!” Becca Hamilton said. Sensing the stone was a little lighter than intended, Peterson came out of the house to help sweep as well and the U.S. out-counted the OAR stone by a whisker.

There were a lot of rocks in play from start to finish as the U.S. women evened their record to 2-2 in the nine-game round robin. The American women currently tied for fifth with China and will take on Canada’s Rachel Homan rink (0-3) at 8 KT tonight.

“We all played great, but we just need to sharpen up a little bit,” Hamilton said. “We were just on the wrong side of the inch on a couple of them there where we gave up [points] and could’ve had two or forced them to one.”

The two sides went right at it in the opening end with multiple stones in the four-foot. The U.S. had a chance at scoring two points, but Roth’s final stone rubbed on a center guard as they attempted to tap back a Russian stone in second position. Team USA nearly converted a double takeout to hold Moiseeva to a single in the next end but couldn’t fully sweep the second stone out of the rings. OAR then had a draw for two to take the lead.

A fantastic draw with Roth’s final stone of the fourth end that covered the button forced Moiseeva to play a difficult angle raise in an effort to remove it. The failed attempt rewarded the U.S. with a point for a 4-2 lead.

The U.S. team took advantage of some half shots from OAR early in the third end to set up a deuce as Roth converted a takeout. The U.S. put the pressure on OAR once again in the fifth end and forced them to take a point as the Americans had three stones in scoring position scattered around the rings.

In turn, Team OAR came out of the fifth-end break and played a solid sixth end and had two stones in scoring position as Roth got in the hack to deliver the final shot. Roth’s takeout attempt was a little narrow, caromed off another rock to remove the intended target. However, her shooter stone rolled out as OAR stole a point.

Two nice shots from the OAR vice skip, Uliana Vasileva, placed two of their stones into scoring position in the seventh end. Roth moved them both back to finally put an American rock in contention to score – and secured it with a successful final draw shot. In the eighth end, two great shots with Roth’s stones left three American rocks alone in the rings, forcing Moiseeva to draw in for a single.

Draw struggles midway through the ninth end coupled with a nice promotion double takeout from Vasileva, left the U.S. ladies in a mess that Roth coolly got the Americans out of with a great tap-back to secure the point. The U.S. team played the 10th end well as they forced OAR to draw the full four-foot to send the game into an extra end. In the 11th, the U.S. team kept the house as tidy as possible for Roth. Moiseeva’s final draw was a little lighter than intended, making the scoring area larger for the U.S. Roth would then draw the full eight-foot for the team’s second win of the tournament.

It was the third loss – and second in a row – for Moiseeva’s team.

“In the very beginning they were a little better all the time. Every shot we played good, they played a little better. We never made it to the point where we really showed the best game from us,” Moiseeva said. “It was a really close game. Just one centimetre here and there. That was what mattered.”

Sweden defeated Switzerland, 8-7, to improve to 4-0 and take sole possession of first place after Japan lost to China in an extra end. Great Britain defeated Denmark, 7-6, to stay in second place along with Japan.

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Line score:

OAR      020 011 010 10 – 6

*USA     102 100 101 01 – 7

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Sweden 8, Switzerland 7; China 7, Japan 6 (extra end); Great Britain 7, Denmark 6

Women’s standings:

Sweden              4-0

Great Britain      3-1

Japan                  3-1

Korea                  2-1

China                  2-2

USA                     2-2

Denmark            1-3

OAR                     1-3

Switzerland        1-3

Canada               0-3

Men’s standings:

Canada               4-0

Sweden              4-0

Great Britain      2-2

Italy                     2-2

Switzerland        2-2

USA                     2-2

Japan                  1-2

Norway               1-2

Denmark            1-3

Korea                  0-4

USA women’s round robin results:

Japan 10, USA 5

USA 7, Great Britain 4

Switzerland 6, USA 5

USA 7, OAR 6 (extra end)

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

Sweden 10, USA 4

USA 9, Denmark 5

Round robin schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 17:

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.

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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