KEARNEY, Neb. – Seniors Leora Juster and Hillary Hansen combined for 46 of the 12th-ranked UC San Diego’s 71 points in the 71-61 victory over No. 2 Glenville State in the national quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon. The game was the first one played as part of the 2007 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight that is being played at the Health & Sports Center on the University of Nebraska, Kearney campus.
UCSD (27-4), who is making its first Elite Eight appearance scored the game’s first points and held a 5-2 lead before Glenville State (33-3) went on a 20-0 run over the next six minutes to take a 20-5 lead. That 15-point advantage at the 12:24 mark of the first half would be the largest either team would have the entire game.
From that point on, the Tritons would battle back and out-score the Pioneers by a 26-18 margin to trail by only seven points at intermission.
Head coach Janell Jones’ team battled back through the first nine minutes of the second half and eventually took a 48-47 lead at the 10:33 mark of the second half on a Juster jumper. UCSD would not relinquish that lead the rest of the game, eventually winning by 10 points, its fourth-straight double-digit victory in the 2007 postseason.
“Once our team settled down, we figured we could hang with them,” said Jones. “It was truly a tale of two halves.”
Juster finished with a game-high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Hansen added 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half, while also shutting down GSC’s All-American, Rachel Redick, to only one field goal in the second half.
Junior Meaghan Noud added 12 points, most of which came from her 7-for-8 performance from the charity stripe. She also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds while sophomore Michelle Osier added nine points and seven boards.
Redick led four Glenville State players in double figure scoring, pouring in 18 points on 6-for-18 shooting from the floor. Melanie Oliver added 14 points while Casey Taylor and Lauren Strong each chipped in with 10.
The Tritons advance to the national semifinals on Thursday where they will meet Southern Connecticut State who defeated Drury in the second quarterfinal game on Wednesday by a 74-54 margin. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Central Time.