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Lank's U.S. team has tough day

ESBJERG, Denmark -- It was a difficult day for Patti Lank and her U.S. team at the World Women's Curling Championships on Wednesday.

After a win over Norway in the morning, a difficult sixth end against China led to a lopsided 14-5 loss.

Lank, from Lewiston, is skip of the U.S. team with her daughter, Mackenzie, and teammates Debbie McCormick and Jessica Schultz.

Late in the sixth end, the U.S. had a stone in second position as McCormick drew into the four-foot. The U.S. could have guarded it with Lank's first stone but opted to try to move the Chinese rocks away from the four-foot with a gamble shot instead. That left the lone U.S. rock as easy pickings.

When Lank went to throw her final shot, there were five Chinese rocks in the four-foot. She was able to move just one.

"I should have just guarded," Lank said. "I'm so mad at myself because I didn't listen to my gut. I've never played this badly at worlds before. I'm not sure what is going on."

The U.S. fell to 4-5 in the round robin portion of the tournament with two games remaining. They will face the Czech Republic (2-5) in today's morning draw and Sweden (7-1) in the night draw.

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