USA to play Russia for bronze medal on Sunday

By Terry L. Davis | March 24, 2018, 10:11 p.m. (ET)

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March 24, 2018

 

USA to play for bronze at 2018 World Women’s Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA will take on Russia for the bronze medal after a 9-7 loss tonight to Canada in the semifinal of the 2018 World Women’s Curling Championship in North Bay, Ontario.

 

Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) fell behind early tonight to Canada’s Jennifer Jones rink but made a valiant effort to come back and force Canada to make a hit to win the game in the 10th end at the North Bay Memorial Gardens Arena.

 

“That wasn’t the start that we were looking for, but it was a heck of a game and a heck of a battle. I’m super proud of the girls for not giving up,” Sinclair said.

 

Canada’s strong start netted the 2014 Olympic champions a three-point lead, but the U.S. team started chipping away at it in the second half. Canada was leading 5-2 at the halfway mark before Team USA set up its first deuce in the sixth end. After holding the Canadian ladies to a single in the seventh, the U.S. set up another deuce to trail by just one point after eight ends.

 

In the ninth end, Canada was attempting a soft-weight takeout with the final stone but didn’t remove enough of it as the U.S. stole a point to tie the game. In the 10th, the U.S. was trying to draw behind a Canadian stone in the top of the house with Sinclair’s first skip stone but her stone made contact with it instead and left the American rock exposed for Canada to easily chip out. After Sinclair made the hit but didn’t get much roll on it, Canada would have an open hit with the final stone of the game for the win as they advanced to tomorrow’s gold-medal game against Sweden.

 

“In one of our end meeting we said if we were going to go down, we were going to go down in flames,” Sinclair said. “We just had to give it all, get all the rocks in play and try to generate as much offense as we could, realizing that we might give up another big end, but that’s the only way you’re going to come back and win the game. That’s a bit scary, but that’s what we decided to do. We were going for a steal in the tenth end but it’s hard to steal when the other teams makes two perfect ticks.”

 

The U.S. women’s program is seeking its first world championship medal since earning silver in 2006. The Americans last made a playoff appearance in 2013 when they finished fourth at the Women’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia.

 

“We’re excited to play Russia again, it’s going to be another great game no doubt and I think it would be a huge accomplishment for U.S. curling to bring home a medal, so there’s definitely a lot on the line and we’re excited about that challenge,” Sinclair said.

 

Sweden defeated Russia earlier today by a score of 7-6 to advance to the gold-medal game against Canada. The USA-Russia game will air live on TV via the Olympic Channel at 10 a.m. ET. The gold-medal game will air live on NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. ET. To learn more about the event, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2018.

 

Line score:

*Canada             302 010 100 2 – 9

USA                     010 102 021 0 – 7

*last stone in first end (hammer)

 

Playoff schedule:

Today:

9 a.m., Qualification games: USA 10, KOR 3; Russia 7, Czech Republic 3

2 p.m., Semifinal #1: Sweden 7, Russia 6

7 p.m., Semifinal #2: Canada 9, USA 7

 

Sunday:

10 a.m., bronze-medal game (Russia vs. USA)

3 p.m., gold-medal game (Sweden vs. Canada)

 

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).