Aubry, Team Canada Earn Olympic Berth
Former Husker Chelsea Aubry is set to become the first Nebraska women's basketball player in history to compete in the Olympics, after Canada earned an Olympic berth on Sunday, July 1 in Ankara, Turkey.
Aubry, who was one of Coach Connie Yori's first recruits at the University of Nebraska, was a four-year letterwinner who played in 123 games with 90 starts from 2004 through 2007 for the Huskers. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Aubry scored 898 points and grabbed 539 rebounds as a 6-2 forward for the Huskers. She helped NU to four consecutive postseason appearances, including the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Aubry and the Canadians, who fittingly earned the Olympic berth on Canada Day, punched their tickets to the London Olympics with a 71-63 victory over Japan in the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament. Aubry scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist for Canada in the win over Japan.
The Canadians, who were the last team to earn a qualifying spot into the Olympic field, will be making their first Olympic appearance since 2000. Aubry, who plays professionally for the Bendigo Spirit in Australia, has been a leader for the Canadian National Team for several years. She was a member of the Canadian team that came up short in Olympic qualifying in 2008.
Canada will open up its Olympic competition at the London Basketball Arena on July 28 with a 5:15 a.m. (CT) game against Russia. Canada's full Olympic schedule can be found in the link above for the Canadian Senior National Team's home page at www.basketball.ca.