Former Husker helps Canada to win
Former Husker Chelsea Aubry scored six points to help the Canadian women's basketball team to its first Olympic victory since 2000 with a 73-65 win over the hosts from Great Britain on Monday at the London Basketball Arena.
Aubry, a 6-2 forward from Kitchener, Ontario, added three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot for the Canadians. Through a pair of Olympic contests, the 28-year-old Aubry is averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds as a starter for Canada, which improved to 1-1 in Group B play.
On Saturday, Aubry became the first-ever Nebraska women's basketball player to make an Olympic appearance. She scored Canada's first points of the game on a three-pointer in a 58-53 loss to Russia Â– the No. 2-ranked team in the world. Aubry finished with three points and three boards against the Russians. Canada, which entered the Olympics ranked No. 11 in the world, led the Russians for much of the game, including 50-40 midway through the fourth quarter, before WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon powered Russia's late comeback. Hammon finished with 14 points.
While the Canadians let an upset chance slip away against Russia, they turned the tables late on Great Britain. In a back-and-forth game, Canada led by as many as seven points midway through the third quarter, before Great Britain surged to take a 61-57 lead with 6:10 left in the game. Canada responded with a 9-0 run to take a 66-61 lead with 2:32 left, and Great Britain could get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
The win over Great Britain marked Canada's sixth all-time Olympic victory dating back to the inclusion of women's basketball in 1976. Canada is making its fifth appearance in the Olympics, including 1976, (0-5), 1984 (2-4), 1996 (1-6), 2000 (2-4) and 2012 (1-1).
Aubry, who was a four-year letterwinner at Nebraska from 2004 through 2007, returns to Olympic action with Canada against France on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 3 a.m. (central). The French are 2-0 in Group B pool play with a 73-58 win over Brazil on Saturday and a 74-70 victory over Australia on Monday.
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