Chelsea Aubry scored two early points for Canada in an Olympic loss to France on Wednesday.
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Aubry, Canadians Fall to France by Four

By NU Athletic Communications

Former Husker Chelsea Aubry scored two points and had one rebound in Canada's narrow 64-60 loss to France in Olympic women's basketball action on Wednesday at the London Basketball Arena.

Aubry, a 6-2 forward from Kitchener, Ontario, who played for Nebraska Coach Connie Yori's Huskers from 2004 through 2007, hit her lone field goal with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter to tie the game at 4-4.

In a possession game throughout, France improved to 3-0 in Group B pool action by outscoring Canada 13-12 in the first quarter and 15-13 in the second quarter to take a 28-25 lead at the half. Canada continued to scrap, outscoring France 15-14 in the third to head to the fourth quarter trailing by just two at 42-40.

France led by as many as seven points on several occasions throughout the game, while Canada took its last lead at 31-30 midway through the second quarter.

Shona Thorburn led Canada with 17 points while Natalie Achonwa added 14 points. Emilie Gomis led France with 16 points, while Isabelle Yacoubou pitched in 14 points. Sandrine Grouda and Celine Dumerc each added 10 points for the French.

The 11th-ranked Canadians slipped to 1-2 in pool play, while the world eighth-ranked French secured a spot in the Olympic quarterfinals on the strength of wins over Canada, Australia (74-70) and Brazil (73-58).

Canada continues pool play by battling Brazil on Friday at 8:30 a.m. (central) on Friday, before concluding pool action against Australia on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 8:30 a.m. (central).


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