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Women's Curling Night 5: South Korea continues to roll with big win over China

The U.S. had Saturday night off, but six other women's curling teams were in action on the ice. South Korea ...

Posted: Feb 18, 2018 2:50 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2018 2:50 AM

The U.S. had Saturday night off, but six other women's curling teams were in action on the ice.

South Korea 12, China 5

South Korea scored multiple points in each of the first three ends they had hammer Saturday on the way to a big 12-5 rout of China.

EunJung Kim's team scored three points in the first and third ends, and four more in the fifth to take a 10-2 lead at the break.

China tried to mount a comeback, scoring two in the sixth and stealing another in the seventh to cut the lead to five. But Kim was able to slide her hammer throw through and land just enough in the house for two points in the eighth, forcing China to concede.

South Korea now sits tied for second overall in the standings at 4-1, even with Japan. China falls to an even 3-3.

Canada 10, Switzerland 8

After falling in their first three games, every contest from here on out is basically must win for defending gold medalists Canada. Rachel Homan's team was able to pick up their first victory of the PyeongChang games Saturday morning by defeating Team USA, and won again Saturday night, defeating Switzerland 10-8.

Switzerland scored first, and had three points in the fourth and sixth ends to take a 7-4 lead. In the fourth, Homan's final throw wasn't hard enough to reach the house, leaving an easy takeout for three for the Swiss team. The sixth was reminscent of the same scenario, with Canada's final shot again not making it past the guard to again give up multiple points for Switzerland.

Canada battled back, with Homan finding the button on her hammer throw in the seventh to give her team two points to draw within one. They retook the lead in the ninth after Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni missed a double takeout that instead set up three points for Canada to give them a 9-8 lead in the final end.

Canada finished the comeback in the 10th after Tirinzoni's final throw, which needed to just land in the 4-foot area to send the game into extras, instead went all the way through the house to give Canada a steal and their second victory of the tournament.

Canada improves to 2-3 overall, still tied for sixth overall. Switzerland falls to 1-4, tied for eighth overall.

Sweden 8, Great Britain 6

Great Britain's Eve Muirhead had a mistake at the worst possible time, setting up a two point 11th end by Sweden for an 8-6 win.

Muirhead had a hog line violation on her final throw of the 11th end, removing he team's final stone and setting up and easy throw and two points for Sweden. 

The two teams had battled back and forth to that point, with Sweden taking a three point lead, and Britain answering with two points in the fourth and a stolen point in the fifth to tie the score at the midway point.

Sweden again scored two in the ninth, and Britain again answered with two in the 10th after Sweden's Anna Hasselborg missed a double takeout that would have ended the game but instead left a wide open house and easy shot for Muirhead to tie the game at 6-6 and force the 11th end.

Sweden remains the only unbeaten team in PyeongChang, improving to 5-0. Great Britain falls to 3-3.

Team standings

Sweden 5-0

Japan 4-1

South Korea 4-1

China 3-3

Great Britain 3-3

USA 2-3

Canada 2-3

Switzerland 1-4

Denmark 1-4

Team OAR 1-4

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