Football: Defense dominates UNT's first spring scrimmage

North Texas coach Seth Littrell says the best springs are a little inconsistent — at least in terms of which units and players excel. If it's always a team's offense — or its defense, for that matter — controlling the proceedings, it's usually a bad sign.

Softball: Mean Green sweep twin bill with UTSA

North Texas got timely hits in a 6-5 walk-off victory against Texas-San Antonio in Game 1 and received a clutch pitching performance from sophomore Lauren Craine in a 1-0 nightcap victory Saturday at Lovelace Stadium.

Softball: No. 1 Rambelles stifle Pioneers

SAN ANGELO -- TWU dropped a pair of games to top-ranked Angelo State on Saturday at Mayer Field, falling 4-0 and 7-1.

Track and field: UNT freshman second in hammer throw at UTA

ARLINGTON -- North Texas finished with two podium finishes Saturday at Texas-Arlington's Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium.

Rick Gosselin: How UNT coach Seth Littrell transformed a moment of truth into a bowl-eligible Mean Green team

There are 128 schools in college football's FBS bracket. North Texas ranked 117th among them in offense last season and 89th in defense. The Mean Green ranked 99th in scoring and 96th in scoring defense. They ranked 82nd in turnovers, 104th in time of possession and 121st in sacks allowed.

UNT notebook: McCasland selling program to students, players

New UNT coach Grant McCasland took the next step in selling his program Tuesday, when he spoke to UNT students at the Syndicate inside the student union.

Pioneers split at Oklahoma Christian

OKLAHOMA CITY -- TWU split a pair of nonconference contests with Oklahoma Christian by taking a 6-1 victory against the Lady Eagles before falling 11-3 in five innings Tuesday at Tom Heath Field.

McCasland vows to boost UNT hoops, Combs still considering his options

New North Texas coach Grant McCasland didn't hold back on Tuesday, when he was introduced to the school's student body.

UNT football assistants receiving significant raises for 2017 season

North Texas enjoyed a turnaround season in Seth Littrell's first campaign as the Mean Green's head coach. Several assistants who played a role along the way have received a significant financial reward, according to information obtained by the Denton Record-Chronicle.

TWU notebook: Pioneers set sights on NCAA regionals, USAG nationals

After finishing second at the Midwest Independent Conference meet over the weekend, the TWU gymnastics team sets its sights on both the NCAA regionals and the USA Gymnastics national meet.

Mean Green show fight in loss to Jayhawks

Trailing 5-1 in the first set against No. 17 Kansas, North Texas sophomore Minying Liang didn't give in. The Mean Green's No. 5 singles player came all the way back to tie the set at 6 and send it to a tiebreaker. Liang eventually lost her match 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, but the way she and her teammates competed Sunday -- a month before the Conference USA tournament -- was more than encouraging to coach Sujay Lama, despite UNT losing the match 6-1.

FIU sweeps Mean Green despite big day by Elder

MIAMI -- For the second straight day, North Texas couldn't get the hit it needed with runners in scoring position, while Florida International had one big hit to secure a 1-0 victory Sunday.

Softball: FIU sweeps UNT despite big game from Elder

MIAMI — For the second straight day, North Texas couldn't get the hit it needed with runners in scoring position, while Florida International had one big hit to secure a 1-0 victory Sunday.

Women's tennis: Mean Green show fight in loss to Kansas

Trailing 5-1 in the first set against No. 17 Kansas, North Texas sophomore Minying Liang didn't give in.

TWU second at MIC meet

CHICAGO -- TWU placed second at the Midwest Independent Conference meet Saturday with an overall score of 194.000. Lindenwood took the title with an 194.675.

Softball: Panthers stifle UNT in twin bill

North Texas couldn't get anything going offensively against Florida International on Saturday, scoring a total of four runs while dropping 8-3 and 2-1 games.

UNT’s Lopez-Ibarra wins in javelin

FORT WORTH -- North Texas completed its first outdoor meet, highlighted by four podium finishes from the throwers group, Saturday at the TCU Invitational.

Softball: TWU caps sweep of Eastern New Mexico with 10-2 win

Starting 1-5 in Lone Star Conference play, TWU was in a slump, but after a 10-2 win over Eastern New Mexico completed a three-game sweep, the Pioneers are thriving and riding a 10-game overall win streak. After run-ruling the Greyhounds twice  Friday in six-inning games, TWU was even more efficient Saturday, as it needed just five innings to do the job.

Women's gymnastics: TWU second at conference meet

CHICAGO — TWU placed second at the Midwest Independent Conference meet Saturday with an overall score of 194.000. Lindenwood took the title with an 194.675.

Softball: Panthers stifle UNT in twin bill

MIAMI — North Texas couldn't get anything going offensively against Florida International on Saturday, scoring a total of four runs while dropping 8-3 and 2-1 games.

Track and field: UNT’s Lopez-Ibarra wins javelin at TCU

FORT WORTH — North Texas completed its first outdoor meet, highlighted by four podium finishes from the throwers group, Saturday at the TCU Invitational.

Women's gymnastics: Jones keeps things simple as TWU enters conference meet

Strong. Quick. Tall and tight. One thing at a time. Those are just a few of what TWU junior Schyler Jones calls cue words. She repeats the mantras to herself while competing, and they facilitate focus her while helping to command her body to follow her mind.  

Softball: Pioneers take two from Eastern with walk-off homers

Tylia Sylestine and Abby Walker hit walk-off home runs for TWU in 11-3 and 12-2 wins against Eastern New Mexico on Friday at Pioneer Field to increase TWU's win streak to nine games.

Softball: UNT feeling good about start despite loss to Oklahoma State at Lovelace

North Texas entered a midweek game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday feeling pretty good about where it is early in the season. UNT had won six of its last seven games, including its first three in Conference USA play.

TWU's Saygo earns all-region honors

TWU's Kenesha Saygo has been selected to the 2016-17 Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) South Central All-Region first team announced Tuesday.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers look to build on seven game winning streak

UNT begins postseason today vs. UAB

A second chance is coming at just the right time for North Texas.

Baker, UNT start looking for new men's basketball coach

UNT clicks in 12-11 victory over Tech

LUBBOCK -- For the second time in as many days, the North Texas softball team overcame a late deficit, defeating Texas Tech 12-11 in the final game of the Texas Tech Invitational at Rocky Johnson Field.

Noble, Western Kentucky scorch Mean Green

Western Kentucky has made the majority of the opposition in Conference USA look like road kill this season. North Texas was simply the latest victim on Thursday night, when the Hilltoppers clinched at least a share of the conference title at the Super Pit.

Reffett lone holder of defensive reins

There were times a year ago when Joshua Wheeler felt a little lost when it came to what North Texas was doing defensively.

UNT's Lawson named to C-USA All-Freshman team

A.J. Lawson was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team on Tuesday.

UNT hires Grant McCasland as basketball coach

North Texas is close to finalizing a deal with Grant McCasland to become its new men's basketball coach, a source close to the situation told the Denton Record-Chronicle on Monday.

UNT softball run-rules UTEP tofinish off weekend sweep

The North Texas softball team secured its first run-rule victory of the season on Sunday.

Pioneers look to build off LSC sweep

After struggling out of the gates in Lone Star Conference play, the TWU softball team got back on track with a four-game sweep of Western New Mexico last weekend.

Huebner to be 3rd TWU volleyball coach in 7 months

Following a subpar season for the TWU volleyball team that saw both head coach Shelly Barberee and interim head coach Jessica Beaner resign, the Pioneers have their next coach as Jeff Huebner was hired on Monday.

TWU bests Wis.-Whitewater, falls to MIC’s Lindenwood

ST. CHARLES, Mo.-- TWU took its second win of the weekend with a 194.350-192.600 victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater while falling short to MIC opponent Lindenwood's overall score of 195.275 on Sunday afternoon at Robert F. Hyland Arena. Since being defeated by Lindenwood on Feb. 5, the Pioneers raised their team score 1.450 points and also increased their regional qualifying score to 194.350 -- .330 higher than Lindenwood.

Preparation key for TWU in rubber match with Lady Buffs

It's 5 a.m. Monday morning, and TWU coach Beth Jillson is already awake, sipping coffee and watching film. She knows if the Pioneers are going to open the Lone Star Conference tournament at the Allen Event Center on the right foot, it's going to start with preparation.

UNT opens C-USA play with pair of victories

North Texas swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Conference USA foe UTEP, defeating the Miners 2-0 and 8-6. It marked the conference opener for both squads.

UNT adds Monterey soccer star Diaz

North Texas rounded out its 2017 recruiting class with the signing of Ariel Diaz, one of the top forwards in Texas. UNT announced the addition Friday.

WKU ends UNT’s year in blowout

North Texas gave Western Kentucky second chance after second chance Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament. The Mean Green’s opportunity to add one more milestone in Jalie Mitchell’s second season as head coach vanished as a result in a 78-51 loss.

Mean Green building up depth at RB

Nick Smith had visions of what his freshman season at North Texas would hold when he arrived in Denton last fall. None of them involved the news UNT’s coaches delivered just before the Mean Green’s opener against SMU. UNT’s staff wanted one of its top recruits to redshirt.

TWU nips Hilltoppers

AUSTIN — Singles by Alexis Elizondo and Kaitlyn Johnson in the eighth provided two runs for TWU in a 4-2 win at St. Edward’s on Thursday. Morgan Harrison and Hazel Puempel accounted for half of the eight hits by the Pioneers, while Tori Bice took the win.

Women’s basketball: UNT tops Blazers in double OT at C-USA tourney

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Terra Ellison picked the perfect time for one of the best performances of her career. The North Texas senior scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while leading the Mean Green to a 65-62 win over UAB in double overtime in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament Wednesday at Bartow Arena.

Football: Reffett lone holder of UNT’s defensive reins

There were times a year ago when Joshua Wheeler felt a little lost when it came to what North Texas was doing defensively.The linebacker certainly wasn’t the only one.

UNT begins postseason today vs. UAB

A second chance is coming at just the right time for North Texas. The Mean Green faced a tough schedule late and dropped their last four games of the regular season, including a gut-punch loss to Marshall on senior day over the weekend.

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Notebook: UNT’s Lawson named to C-USA All-Freshman Team

A.J. Lawson was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team on Tuesday. The 6-5 guard led UNT with an average of 11.4 points per game and was named the league’s freshman of the week three times.

Notebook: Pioneers look to build off LSC sweep

After struggling out of the gates in Lone Star Conference play, the TWU softball team got back on track with a four-game sweep of Western New Mexico last weekend.

The search begins

Wren Baker was convinced long before he fired Tony Benford on Sunday night that the North Texas men’s basketball program would be an attractive destination for coaches across the country.

Huebner to be 3rd TWU volleyball coach in 7 months

Following a subpar season for the TWU volleyball team that saw both head coach Shelly Barberee and interim head coach Jessica Beaner resign, the Pioneers have their next coach as Jeff Huebner was hired on Monday.