The GSC Lady Pioneers dreams of a national championship were doused yesterday in Kearney, Nebraska.

Glenville used an 18-0 run to take a 20-5 lead eight minutes into the game.

The University of California-San Diego stormed back in the second half to defeat the Pioneers 71-61 in the opening game of the NCAA Division II Women's Elite Eight.

Glenville State (33-3, ranked No. 2 in the nation) still led 38-31 at halftime, but only connected on 6-of-28 second-half field goals.

UC-San Diego, meanwhile, went on a 14-1 run early in the second half to take control, ending Glenville's 27-game winning streak.

Rachel Redick, the West Virginia Conference's all-time leading scorer and player of the year, ended her Glenville career with a team-high of 18 points.

Freshman Melanie Oliver added 14 points off the bench and Lauren Strong and Casey Taylor had 10 points each.

Glenville coach Steve Harold said the key point of the game came when his team led 46-41 and missed 5-of-6 free throws and two or three open shots under the basket.

Glenville still maintained a 46-39 lead with 13 minutes left.