USA advances to playoffs as No. 6 seed at World Women's Championship

By Terry L. Davis | March 23, 2018, 10:33 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2018

 

USA reaches playoffs of 2018 World Women’s Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Despite today’s outcomes, Team USA has punched its ticket to the playoffs of the 2018 World Women’s Curling Championship in North Bay, Ontario.

 

Jamie Sinclair and the U.S. team finished the round robin with a 6-6 record to secure the final playoff berth. They’ll take on Korea (8-4) in a qualification playoff tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET.

 

Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) lost tonight’s round robin finale as Canada’s Jennifer Jones rink kept its perfect record intact.

 

Despite the 8-5 loss to Canada, the U.S. team secured the No. 6 playoff seed while China (6-6) was shut out of the playoffs based on the U.S. and the Czech Republic (6-6) having a better head-to-head record amongst the tied teams. The Czechs, the No. 5 seed, will take on Russia (7-5) in the other playoff game tomorrow morning. Canada (12-0) and Sweden (10-2) will await the winners of the qualification games in the semifinals tomorrow afternoon and evening at the North Bay Memorial Gardens Arena.

 

The U.S.-Korea game will stream live at https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/. With a win, the U.S. would advance to take on Canada in the semifinals.

 

Under the new playoff system in place this season, the top six teams advance to the playoffs unlike just four in year’s past. Under the old system, the last U.S. women’s team to compete in the Page playoffs was in 2013 when the Americans finished fourth in Riga, Latvia.

 

Line score:

Canada               030 010 030 1 – 8

*USA                   101 001 101 0 – 5

*last stone in first end (hammer)

 

Other session scores: Russia 10, Denmark 5; Scotland 6, Korea 5 (extra end); China 7, Germany 6

 

Standings:

Canada               12-0 QSF

Sweden              10-2 QSF

Korea                  8-4 Q

Russia                 7-5 Q

Czech Rep.         6-6 Q

USA                     6-6 Q

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7. China              6-6

8. Switzerland   5-7

9. Scotland         5-7

10. Japan            5-7

11. Denmark     3-9

12. Germany     3-9

13. Italy              2-10

Q=qualified to playoffs

QSF=Qualified to semifinals

 

Playoff schedule:

Saturday:

9 a.m., Qualification games (#3 Korea vs. #6 USA; #4 Russia vs. #5 Czech Republic)

2 p.m., Semifinal #1 (Sweden vs. TBA)

7 p.m., Semifinal #2 (Canada vs. TBA)

 

Sunday:

10 a.m., bronze-medal game

3 p.m., gold-medal game

 

USA round robin results:

USA 8, Italy 1

Russia 8, USA 5

USA 8, Scotland 6

Sweden 6, USA 4

Japan 7, USA 6

USA 7, Switzerland 4

Korea 9, USA 8 (extra end)

USA 8, China 4

USA 6, Denmark 0

USA 7, Germany 5

Czech Republic 8, USA 6

Canada 8, USA 5

 

Scores & how to watch:

Live scores are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2018. NBCSN and the Olympic Channel are airing content throughout the championship. A complete TV and webstream schedule is posted at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/March/16/TV-and-webstream-coverage-of-WWCC-in-North-Bay.

 

Playoffs:

Six teams will make the playoffs with the two highest ranked teams at the end of the round robin going straight to the semifinals. The teams ranked third to sixth (3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5) will play qualification games to decide the other semifinalists. No tiebreaker games will be played.

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Cheetos, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, ISS Ice, Sports & Solar, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).