Aubry to Play at FIBA World Qualifier

Nebraska junior Chelsea Aubry will represent Canada at the FIBA Americas Championship in the Dominican Republic, Sept. 14-18. Aubry, a member of the Canadian Senior National Team, will try to help the Canadians qualify for the World Championships for the first time since 1994 at the eight-team tournament in Santo Domingo.

Aubry, a 6-2 forward from Kitchener, Ontario, had a solid sophomore season at Nebraska. Along with serving as one of Nebraska's co-captains with departed senior point guard Jina Johansen, Aubry was Nebraska's leading rebounder with 5.1 boards per game, while ranking second on the team in scoring with 9.2 points per contest.

She started 26 games and helped the Huskers to their second consecutive postseason appearance as a sophomore. She is one of five returning players who started 18 or more games for NU in 2004-05.

Before Aubry can focus on helping the Huskers continue their climb in the Big 12 standings, she will concentrate on assisting Canada's run to the 2006 FIBA Women's World Championships in Brazil.

Aubry is one of Canada's top reserves and after the opener of a recent three-game tune-up series against Puerto Rico in Ontario, she was commended for her play by Canadian Head Coach Allison McNeill.

"We had great contributions from our bench, Amanda Brown, Chelsea Aubry and Carolyn Gaines all played strongly for us," McNeill said.

Canada opens the FIBA Americas Championship on Wednesday, Sept. 14, by clashing with Cuba, before facing Argentina on Thursday in Santo Domingo. The Canadians' stay in the Dominican Republic continues with a matchup against Brazil on Sept. 16, and a battle with Puerto Rico on Sept. 17. Canada closes its tournament slate by taking on the hosts from the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Aubry will return to Nebraska following the tournament, her first trip back to Lincoln since the summer. She spent much of her summer with the Canadian National Team and did not return for the start of the fall semester because of her commitments with the club. Aubry is one of Nebraska's most talented players academically, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors as a sophomore.

Another Nebraska forward, senior Elena Diaz was scheduled to compete for her home country at the FIBA Americas Championship, after leading the Colombian National Team in qualifying for the eight-team event. However, the Colombians were unable to compete at the tournament because of a lack of funding.

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