USA evens record to move into playoff contention in Denmark

By Terry L. Davis | March 20, 2019, 12:30 p.m. (ET)

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March 20, 2019

 

Team USA evens record at Women’s World Championship

 

(SILKEBORG, Denmark) – With four games left in the round robin Team USA is in contention for a coveted playoff berth at the 2019 LGT World Women’s Curling Championship.

 

Jamie Sinclair led the American ladies to a 9-6 win this afternoon over Latvia to even the team’s record to 4-4 at Silkeborg Sportscenter.

 

“Definitely some good momentum going our way. Both of those games were battles out there. The opposition – they’re making a ton of shots out there and definitely putting the pressure on,” Sinclair said about today’s win over Latvia and last night’s comeback victory over Canada. “Although we have the momentum, we need to keep making some good shots out there.”

 

Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) are now in a three-way tie for sixth place with Canada and Scotland. The top six teams advance to Saturday’s playoffs for a chance at gold.

 

The U.S. team controlled many of the ends today against Iveta Stasa-Sarsune’s squad. After the opening end was blanked, the U.S. was able to take advantage of a missed takeout from Latvia to set up a big end as Sinclair converted a runback double takeout to score three. Team USA would open the door for Latvia to tie the game late in the third end when the American ladies missed a takeout. However, Latvia was wide on its soft-weight runback attempt to remove the U.S. stone in second position.

 

After escaping the third end having only given up a single point, the U.S. team allowed Latvia another chance and this time Stasa-Sarsune’s team grabbed those two points they’d left behind in the previous end when Sinclair’s final draw was heavy.

 

USA’s double takeout attempt for two points in the fifth end didn’t pan out but the American ladies were able to secure one point to take a modest 4-3 lead heading into the second half. Latvia would set up a deuce early in the sixth end and when USA couldn’t convert a skinny double takeout attempt, the Latvian women drew into the rings to score two.

 

A soft-weight double takeout from Sarah Anderson put the U.S. in solid position to score multiple points in the seventh end. The Americans ended up getting two points out of the end after the shooter stone rolled out on the final takeout. A missed shot with Stasa-Sarsune’s first skip stone of the eighth end allowed the U.S. to stuff in another stone in the top of the house and block the path for Latvia to score. Latvia was only able to remove one of the stones with the final shot as the U.S. stole a point and extended its lead to 7-5.

 

Team USA played a solid ninth end to force Latvia to make an open takeout – facing three American stones – to score a single point.

 

The 10th end was going well for the U.S. as the teams exchanged guards and peels. Latvia used its first skip stone to make its move and draw behind two leftover corner guards to possibly get into scoring position. USA opted to draw down to the top of the four-foot, in essence practicing Sinclair’s draw weight for the final stone. Latvia, needing to deal with it, played the hit and roll but rolled out of the rings to give Sinclair an open draw into the eight foot for the win. (The second stone in question ended up being in USA’s favor as well as they scored two.)

 

The Americans have a quick turnaround tonight as they’ll take the ice again at 7 p.m. against Anna Hasselborg’s 2018 Olympic champions from Sweden.

 

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Sinclair said about tonight’s matchup. “It’s definitely going to be a good game with a lot of nice shots being made, hopefully on both teams’ parts. So, I think we just have to go out there and play loose and have fun.”

 

After tonight, the final three games for the U.S. include China (6-2), Scotland (4-4) and Switzerland (4-3). Sweden leads the standings with a 6-1 record. The Swedes lost their opening match to China but have won six straight since. China, Korea and Russia are tied for second place while the Swiss ladies are holding down the fifth spot.

 

Line score:

Latvia    001 202 001 0 – 6

*USA     030 010 210 2 – 9

*last rock in first end

 

Other Draw 13 scores: Finland 8, Korea 3; Canada 8, China 7; Denmark 9, Scotland 6

 

Draw 12 scores: Denmark 7, Japan 1; Korea 9, Germany 5; Switzerland 7, Scotland 1; Sweden 9, Russia 4

 

Standings:

Sweden              6-1

China                  6-2

Korea                  6-2

Russia                 6-2

Switzerland        4-3

Canada               4-4

Scotland             4-4

USA                     4-4

Germany            3-4

Japan                  3-4

Denmark            2-6

Finland               1-7

Latvia                  1-7

 

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: 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:

USA 9, Latvia 6

USA 13, Canada 6

Germany 10, USA 5

Russia 8, USA 7

USA 6, Finland 3

Korea 9, USA 5

USA 8, Denmark 6

Japan 9, USA 5

 

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

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).