The Bendigo Bank Spirit has re-signed Canadian international Chelsea Aubry for the 2011/12 WNBL season.
Last season with the Spirit, Aubry proved to be one of the most dependable imports in the competition, averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest in helping the Spirit to its best finish in franchise history.
The 188cm forward reached season highs of 19 and 21 points in Round 10 as the Spirit picked up important wins against the West Coast and Adelaide respectively.
Aubry also collected a season-high 15 rebounds to go along with 14 points in Bendigo’s Round 5 win over the Waves.
Spirit coach Bernie Harrower said securing Aubry for a third season was crucial if the Spirit are to build off last season’s third-place finish.
“Over the past two years, Chelsea has become a major part of our foundation with the Bendigo Spirit and has been a key to our recent success,” Harrower said.
“Her versatility has proven to be a difficult matchup for opposing teams as she continues to showcase her ability to play inside and out.
“With another year in Bendigo, we have no doubt that Chelsea will continue to thrive both on and off the court.”
Aubry played college basketball at the University of Nebraska and has been a member of the Canadian Senior National Team since 2002.
After completing the WNBL season, Aubry played seven games for the Geelong Supercats in the SEABL, averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds before returning to Canada due to commitments with the national team.
Currently in Europe, the Canadian national team is playing a string of exhibition games in preparation for September’s FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Colombia in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Before departing Australia, Aubry earned SEABL player of the week honours for her 28 point, 17 rebound performance in Geelong’s round five win over Sandringham.