A 7-0 lead for TWU gave way to an overall sluggish offensive effort by the Pioneers in a 60-49 loss to Lone Star Conference co-leader Eastern New Mexico on Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Schyler Jones of TWU opened the 2017 season by claiming the all-around title with a score of 38.650 at a three-way meet against Arizona and Utah State on Friday night at the McKale Memorial Center.
Riding a four-game winning streak, but facing a layoff of 18 days without a game, the TWU Pioneers looked inward. With nine days of practice instead of their usual three days to focus on themselves instead of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference opponent, defense was the emphasis.
After going more than two weeks without a game, the TWU Pioneers have spent the past few days preparing for their return to action this week at home against Western New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico.
In its final two games before the NCAA’s mandatory holiday break, TWU knocked off Barry and Embry-Riddle at the Bahama House Classic in Florida to improve to 9-3 on the season.
SAN ANGELO — TWU opened the contest against sixth-ranked Angelo State on a 9-0 run, but ASU controlled the boards in a 74-53 win at Stephens Arena to give the Pioneers an 0-2 start in Lone Star Conference play.
Kara Mitchell hit a game-winning bucket in the paint with six seconds remaining to give TWU a win over Oklahoma Christian in which the Pioneers erased a 13-point deficit late in the third quarter and outscored the Lady Eagles 31-16 in the final 11 minutes at the Eagles’ Nest.
After losing to Newman for their first loss of the season on Saturday, the TWU Pioneers knew Sunday’s matchup against University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was crucial if they wanted to lay the groundwork for a berth in the regional tournament. The Pioneers corrected their errors against the Mountain Lions after they let Newman shoot 48 percent from the floor the previous night. Coupled with an offensively sound second half, TWU’s defense held UCCS to 38 percent shooting and held off a furious late-game charge for a 70-66 victory at Kitty Magee Arena.
WICHITA FALLS — Grace Mitchell notched a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds in her first game as a Pioneer, Deja Pointer added 11 points and Andrea Mapua and Alexis Nezianya each scored 10 in TWU’s 59-42 season-opening win against Texas A&M International on Friday at Midwestern State’s Ashbrook Classic.
The TWU volleyball team knew it needed two wins in three matches last week to have a shot at qualifying for the Lone Star Conference tournament, and the Pioneers posted a sweep over Midwestern State and a four-set win over Western New Mexico.
With just two games left in the Lone Star Conference regular season, the TWU soccer team is hoping to build on several strong showings in recent weeks to improve on its regional ranking.
Anna McGee of TWU registered a career-high 21 kills to go with a career-best 15 from Courtney Noel to guide the Pioneers to their first Lone Star Conference victory, a 25-15, 20-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12 win over Midwestern State at Kitty Magee Arena.
Losing its last three games after jumping out to a four-game win streak to start the season, TWU took a deep breath Wednesday. Facing Texas A&M-Commerce, which is ranked 11th by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the Pioneers delivered their most notable win of the season in style, shutting out the Lions 3-0.
Less than two weeks ago, eight TWU volleyball players were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, and last weekend head coach Shelly Barberee resigned. TWU named Jessica Beener interim coach as the Pioneers prepared for the season, which starts today with the five-team Hilton Garden Inn Classic at Kitty Magee Arena.
Soccer is played with a team having 11 players on the field at a time, so a deep bench is crucial for success, as injuries and the pace of the game can take their toll. The TWU Pioneers are thankful to have depth as one of their greatest assets.
In December 1990, Naveen Boppana was 16 years old when he and his mother had to make a tough decision to leave their home in India. They decided that if Boppana was going to pursue academia the United States was his best bet, so they moved in with his uncle in Albany, New York.
SAN ANTONIO — TWU used a seven-run fourth inning to defeat Lubbock Christian 12-4 in five innings Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. The win snapped a six-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament for the Pioneers.
In her two years at North Central Texas College, Laura Mabary thought of herself as a slap hitter, known for speed and directional hitting. In her two seasons at TWU, she has been asked to make a few changes to her game.
When Genny Stidham woke up Monday morning, the TWU softball coach knew her Pioneers were headed to the NCAA South Central Regional this week but wasn’t sure where her team would be playing. By mid-morning she knew — and was pleased. The Pioneers won’t be headed west, with the Panhandle and West Texas A&M on their playoff GPS.
As the TWU Pioneers enter the Lone Star Conference tournament today, they do so knowing that regardless of the outcome they still have more softball to play at the NCAA South Central Regional next week.
As the TWU Pioneers get set for their last series of the season against Lone Star Conference rival and top-ranked West Texas A&M, starting with today’s doubleheader at Pioneer Field, they remember how emotionally and physically taxing last season’s final series was.
TWU’s softball team rolls into the regular season’s final weekend with the challenge of hosting the team that’s already clinched first place in the Lone Star Conference while attempting to lock down second place.