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Shelley Helps Opals to Asia Cup Bronze

Nebraska’s Jaz Shelley dished out an assist to help Australia roll to an 88-58 victory over Korea in the bronze medal game at the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup in Amman, Jordan on Sunday.

Shelley, a 5-9 guard from Moe, Australia, saw four minutes and 30 seconds of action against Korea as the only active collegiate player on the Opal roster. She did not play in Australia’s 67-65 semifinal loss Saturday to Japan, which went on to gold with a 78-73 win over previously unbeaten China in Sunday’s final. Shelley also did not see action in a qualification semifinal win over New Zealand on Thursday, Sept. 30, which pushed the Opals into the medal round.

Australia finished the Asia Cup with a 4-2 record, while Shelley recorded 16 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocked shots in nearly 51 minutes of action. She hit 6-of-13 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 three-pointers. In less than 13 minutes a game, Shelley averaged 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal.

Shelley will return to Lincoln to continue preparing for the upcoming 2021-22 Nebraska women’s basketball season. The Huskers officially opened practice on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and celebrated “Husker Hoops Opening Night” alongside the men’s basketball team and thousands of Big Red fans at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, Oct. 1.

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