Former Husker Chelsea Aubry scored 10 points on perfect shooting from the field, but Canada fell to Team USA, 91-48, in the first game of Olympic women's basketball quarterfinal action Tuesday.
Aubry, a 6-2 forward from Kitchener, Ontario, who lettered at Nebraska from 2004 through 2007, produced her best individual performance of the 2012 Olympics by hitting all four of her shots from the field, while adding 2-for-2 shooting from the free throw line. She also grabbed a pair of rebounds and one steal in just under 18 minutes of action. She finished her Olympic performance with six starts for Canada, while averaging 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Unfortunately for Canada, Team USA raced to a 19-4 lead to start the game and never looked back in producing a lopsided victory. Aubry scored four straight points in the second quarter to trim the U.S. lead to 23-12 with 6:29 left in the half, but Canada got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
The average winning margin for the United States in the 2012 Olympics has been more than 37 points, as the Americans rolled into the semifinals in pursuit of an unprecedented fifth consecutive gold medal.
Kim Smith led Canada with 13 points, while Diana Taurasi led five players for Team USA in double figures with 15 points. Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker each contributed 12 points, while Angel McCaughtry and Maya Moore pitched in 11 points apiece.
Canada ends its stay at the 2012 Olympics with a 2-4 record in one of its best showings in history in women's basketball.
Team USA advances to a Thursday semifinal game against Australia. Tip-off between the two teams that have battled for gold in the past three Olympics is set for 11 a.m. (central).