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March 19, 2019
USA roars back to defeat Canada at Women’s World Championship
(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – Never give up. Such an overused expression in sports and life but tonight it was true to form as Jamie Sinclair and Team USA battled back from a big deficit to defeat Canada at the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.
Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) were trailing for the first half of the game after a disastrous start when Canada stole three points in the opening end. But the U.S. team hung in there and made more shots than Chelsea Carey’s rink – no shot bigger than a runback double takeout to score five points in the sixth end and steal the game’s momentum.
“I was definitely pumped after that shot,” Taylor Anderson said. “I yelled over to Jamie and it was really exciting to get the momentum switched over to us. We really needed it and it brought us right back into the game. It was a really great opportunity to make that shot.”
The U.S. would steal five points over the next two ends for a 13-6 victory to improve to 3-4 in the 12-game round robin at Silkeborg Sportscenter.
“It was a rough start. It wasn’t the first end that we had hoped for, but I’m really proud of the girls for sticking with the game,” said Sinclair, who led the Americans to a fourth-place finish at last year’s world championship.
The win could not have come at a more urgent time as the U.S. took a tough loss this morning to Germany and was sitting at 2-4 in the round robin. The win tonight puts the U.S. team back in the thick of the playoff hunt where the top six teams advance.
“Every win out here is really tough and we’re happy to get any ‘W’ that we can,” Sinclair said.
The first end was not perfect for either side, but the U.S. was attempting a takeout to score one point when Sinclair’s final stone made contact with a center guard and pushed another Canadian stone into the rings to spot Canada three points to start the game.
A series of half shots by the Americans in the second end put the U.S. team in a pickle as they only scored one to get on the scoreboard. Neither side was overly precise in the third end as Canada was forced to draw for one point against two USA counters.
Canada countered with a nice hit and roll to score two points in the fifth end and maintain control of the scoreboard – for the moment. Down three, the U.S. ladies had to push the offense in the sixth – and it worked out in high fashion as the perfect opportunity opened up for the Americans. With lots of granite in the rings, Canada’s final stone landed in a spot in the four-foot to set Sinclair up to perfectly execute a runback double takeout to score five points.
Another double takeout in the following end by Sinclair left four American stones in scoring position. Canada used Carey’s first stone to remove two of them, but Sinclair made a good draw that left Canada with a more difficult takeout attempt with the final stone. The team just barely missed removing the second U.S. counter as the Americans stole a point to increase the lead to three points.
The U.S. had three stones in scoring contention in the eighth end when Canada attempted an in-off to move some granite around. The attempt didn’t do much to help Canada and the U.S. piled in a fourth stone with Sinclair’s first skip rock. Carey’s draw attempt came up well short of the house and the U.S. was in really nice shape to steal the end and potentially put the game away. After the Americans put a center guard up, Carey’s final stone over-curled and the U.S. stole four points for the win.
It was the first win over Canada for the U.S. women since 2013 when Sarah Anderson was the alternate at the Women’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia.
The round robin continues on Wednesday with the U.S. team taking on Latvia (1-6) in the afternoon followed up the surging Swedes (5-1) in the evening.
*USA 010 205 14x x – 13
Canada 301 020 00x x – 6
*last rock in first end
Other Draw 11 scores: Switzerland 8, Latvia 5; China 8, Germany 6; Russia 9, Finland 8 (extra end)
Draw 10 scores: Scotland 6, Canada 5 (extra end); Sweden 10, Finland 2; Korea 11, Japan 4; Latvia 11, Denmark 8 (extra end)
How to watch: In partnership with World Curling TV, the Olympic Channel and NBCSN are providing live coverage of all of Team USA’s round robin games plus the playoffs. To see the complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/March/04/TV-schedule-for-Womens-World-Championship.
Live scores & social media: Live scores are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wwcc2019. USA Curling is posting game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wwcc2019 and #curling.
Team USA schedule (all times local, Central European Time (CET)):
Wednesday: 2 p.m., USA vs. Latvia (Iveta Stasa-Sarsune); 7 p.m., USA vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg)
Thursday: 2 p.m., USA vs. China (Jie Mei)
Friday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Scotland (Sophie Jackson); 2 p.m., USA vs. Switzerland (Silvana Tirinzoni)
USA round robin results:
Germany 10, USA 5
Russia 8, USA 7
USA 6, Finland 3
Korea 9, USA 5
USA 8, Denmark 6
Japan 9, USA 5
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