Sunday, March 19, 2006

What Was She Thinking?

Team Canada lost to Team Sweden last night at the 2006 Women's Curling World Championship round robin by a score of 8-4.

Shooting uncharacteristically low percentages, Team Canada was out-curled at every position, but especially at 2nd, 3rd, and Skip. In fact, I don't remember when those three curlers combined to shoot such low percentages.

But the real setback in my eyes came in the second end. Kelly Scott was facing three Swedish stones in the rings and tried a tricky in-off double. Her shooter didn't curl as she expected, so she removed only one Swedish stone, losing her shooter in the process. On her final rock, then, Anette Norberg had an easy split to score four.

We're probably missing something, but why didn't Kelly Scott go for the freeze with her last shot? Both Ms. Eclectic and I were puzzled at the time: if she had made the freeze to the shot rock, which was behind the t-line, she would have forced Sweden to draw for one. And if she missed the freeze, Sweden would have had a hit for, at most three (assuming they would not have been able to keep their shooter in the rings, which seems like a plausible assumption if the miss of the freeze had not been too egregious).

What was she thinking?


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