USA women keep playoffs in sights with win over China

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 19, 2018, 9:12 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 19, 2018

USA women stay in the playoff hunt with win over China

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Nina Roth and the American women earned a big win over China tonight in round robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to keep the team’s playoff hopes alive.

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) are now 4-3 in the standings with two games left at Gangneung Curling Centre.

“It’s awesome. We were in that slump where it was ‘win one lose one,’ so it’s nice to put two wins back together,” said Roth, who works as a registered nurse. “That was our goal coming into the day. Moving forward, we’ll celebrate this one for a little bit and focus on getting Korea tomorrow. There’s momentum in an individual game and momentum in this marathon of a week that we’re in. Everyone’s getting sharper and sharper, and more comfortable in every single game and with every single rock that we throw. I am really happy with how my team is playing and communicating.”

Korea (5-1) leads the field followed by Japan (5-2) and Sweden (5-2). The U.S. is tied for fourth place with Great Britain, who earned a last-rock win over Switzerland tonight. The top four teams will advance to Friday’s semifinals.

“It feels really good. A two-win day is always great and that was the plan!,” Peterson said. “It’s our first two-win day. It feels amazing. I think we are rolling through. We are making a lot of shots, calling the ice right. It feels really good out there.”

The U.S. ladies got off to its best start with a draw into the eight-foot to score three points out of the gates. After holding China to a single in the second end, the Americans had the offense turned up to high heat once again. The U.S. team got three stones in the house early in the end and protected them throughout. When Wang’s raise attempt with her first skip stone was unsuccessful, Roth was able to further guard her bounty of granite. Wang’s final takeout attempt sailed through the rings, giving the U.S. a draw for four points to extend the lead to 7-1.

The Americans had the Chinese chasing in the fourth end but Wang made a nice double takeout to save the end as China scored two points. The Americans got a chance to score multiple points in the fifth end as the Chinese struggled with draw weight. Roth used the final stone to draw the four-foot for two more.

China patiently waited for the U.S. to make an error over the next three ends, but the U.S. didn’t budge. After the sixth end was blanked, China had a chance to score one, but their stone rolled out of scoring position after the takeout and the U.S. earned another point. China settled for a point in the eighth end and conceded the loss.

“They did well. They looked so confident. They did great. They feel comfortable on this ice and especially after they papered the rocks,” Wang said about her American opponent. “They started so quickly and quickly gave us so much pressure. We didn’t get any chance to steal or gather a two. So that’s a tough game. They played well.”

Team USA is back on the ice tomorrow afternoon to take on host Korea’s Eunjung Kim rink. The American men will compete in the evening session against Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz rink.

For a complete photo gallery from each game, go to https://www.facebook.com/teamusacurl.

Line score:

China    010 200 01x x – 4

*USA     304 020 10x x – 10

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: OAR 8, Denmark 7; Japan 5, Sweden 4; Great Britain 8, Switzerland 7

Women’s standings:

Korea                  5-1

Japan                  5-2

Sweden              5-2

Great Britain      4-3

USA                     4-3

Canada               3-3

China                  3-4

OAR                     2-5

Switzerland        2-5

Denmark            1-6

Men’s standings:

Sweden              6-1Q

Switzerland        5-2

Canada               4-3

Great Britain      4-3

Japan                  3-3

Norway               3-3

USA                     3-4

Denmark            2-5

Italy                     2-5

Korea                  2-5

Q=Qualified for semifinals

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

Sweden 10, USA 4

USA 9, Denmark 5

Japan 8, USA 2

Norway 8, USA 5

USA 9, Canada 7

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)

Canada 11, USA 3

USA 7, Denmark 6

USA 10, China 4

 

Round robin schedule:

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