TWU Notebook: Pioneers directed to take care of business

Heading into the final weekend of the regular season and a four-game series at the No. 2 team in the nation, TWU softball coach Genny Stidham wants the focus of her players to be on themselves and not West Texas A&M.

Softball: TWU shuts out ENMU in Sunday twin bill

Between innings, TWU coach Genny Stidham is handed catcher Sarah Wittenburg’s glove to take warmup throws from the Pioneers’ pitcher.

Softball: Bice helps Pioneers take two from Zias

TWU’s Tori Bice has gotten used to pitching back-to-back games of late, and on Saturday in a series-opening doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico, Bice summoned the confidence to boost her team to two more crucial victories as the Pioneers defeated the Zias 8-0 and 5-1 at Pioneer Field.

TWU notebook: Pioneers keen to remain in second place

Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, the TWU softball team stands alone in second place in the Lone Star Conference after last weekend’s series win at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and that would be an enviable position entering the May 1-2 LSC tournament.

Gymnastics: TWU’s Kayla Jones wins ’15 USA Gymnastics Floor National Title

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — TWU senior gymnast Kayla Jones won the floor title while senior Courtney Cochefski and freshman Madison Nettles finished second on bars and vault respectively at the 2015 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships Individual Event Finals on Sunday afternoon.

TWU finishes fourth at 2015 USA Gymnastics National Championships

Gymnastics National Championships. Lindenwood won the title with a 195.550 while Bridgeport finished second with a 194.675 and Seattle Pacific placed third with a 194.225.

Softball: TWU takes series against TAMUK

KINGSVILLE — The TWU softball team won the first game of the doubleheader, 10-2, in six innings to capture the series against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Game two was halted in the sixth inning due to lightning and will result in a 1-1 tie.

Women’s gymnastics: Kelly helps lead Pioneers to USAG finals

PHILADELPHIA — TWU freshman Alyssa Kelly posted two career highs Friday to help the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the first team semifinal at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Softball: Bice leads Pioneers to two wins

KINGSVILLE — TWU sophomore pitcher Tori Bice tossed two complete games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep Friday at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

TWU notebook: Freshmen lead TWU into nationals weekend

TWU had an unusual two-week break in its schedule leading up to this weekend’s 2015 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship and made good use of the time off by focusing on the small details of their routines that could help them be in the running for this year’s title.

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Softball: Sancet becomes homer queen

TWU entered Thursday’s doubleheader against Cameron with some problems. A sputtering offense and inconsistent pitching saw the Pioneers split their previous four-game series against Texas A&M-Commerce, with their two losses coming via the run rule.

TWU notebook: Stidham sings to relax TWU pitchers

From her vantage point inside the TWU dugout, softball coach Genny Stidham sees why her pitching staff has struggled while giving up too many walks, untimely hits and runs: unnecessary pressure from the head coach.

Softball: Pioneers splits doubleheader at Commerce

COMMERCE — The TWU softball team split the doubleheader at Texas A&M-Commerce with a 2-1 win in the opener before falling 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap. The Pioneers are 13-16-1 on the season and 5-4-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Softball: TWU loses two games

TWU coach Genny Stidham was not pleased at all with her team after the Pioneers dropped both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader to St. Mary’s.

TWU Notebook: Sidelined by weather, Pioneers strike back

After more than two weeks of schedule interruptions thanks to Mother Nature, the TWU softball team resumes play today with a previously unscheduled doubleheader against St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Field.

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Gymnastics: Lindenwood nips TWU for MIC Championships

In the season’s final performance at Kitty Magee Arena, TWU gave its home fans its best effort at one of the most crucial moments of the year.

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Pioneer performers

With each getting into gymnastics at the age of 3, sisters Spencer and Schyler Jones have been immersed in Denton athletics together for more than 15 years.

Softball: Rambelles pound Pioneers, 8-1

In the opener of a four-game series against Angelo State, TWU was unable to find a chink in the armor of Rambelles starter Brandy Marlett and struggled to an 8-1 loss Thursday night at Pioneer Field.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers gear up for home stretch

TWU gymnastics coach Lisa Bowerman looks ahead to Saturday’s Midwest Independent Conference Championships and said she believes “all the conditions are right,” for the Pioneers to capture the program’s third MIC crown in school history.

Softball: TWU takes down MSU in sweep

WICHITA FALLS — TWU junior catcher Laura Mabary went 7-for-10 and drove in seven runs while sophomore Tori Bice won both games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep against Midwestern State. TWU won the first game 8-5 before winning a slugfest 13-11 in the second.

TWU softball drops doubleheader at MSU

WICHITA FALLS — The TWU softball team dropped both games of the doubleheader to the host Midwestern State, 4-2, and 15-5 (5), Friday night at Mustangs Park.

Gymnastics: TWU closes out regular season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The TWU gymnastics team scored more than 48.000 in three of the four events and finished with the highest road score of the season at No. 2 Florida in the final regular season meet. The Pioneers posted a 193.400 while the Gators won the dual meet with a 197.900.

TWU Notebook: TWU gymnastics season has been ‘inconsistent’

If TWU’s gymnastics season was being charted on a line graph, the results would have been on an impressive upward swing until this past weekend when the Pioneers growth suddenly leveled off in a dual home meet against Arizona.

Softball: Nordie leads TWU to twinbill sweep of Tarleton State

The TWU softball team opened its Lone Star Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep against Tarleton State, 11-7 (10) and 10-2 (5), Sunday night at Pioneer Field.

Gymnastics: Career highs highlight gymnastics Senior Day

The TWU gymnastics team started slowly but finished strong, highlighted by career highs from seniors Kayla Jones, Spencer Jones and Stephanie Repp in the dual meet against No. 19 Arizona.

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Women's basketball: Lady Buffs eliminate Pioneers

ALLEN — When all was said and done Friday in the Lone Star Conference semifinal between fifth-seeded TWU and top-seeded West Texas A&M, the Pioneers felt that they had left it all on the floor at the Allen Event Center.

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Women's basketball: TWU wins tourney opener

ALLEN — In a rivalry that dates back 32 years, there had been only one occurrence in which Tarleton State lost to TWU multiple times in a season.

Women’s basketball: TWU, Tarleton get rubber match in tourney

After two tightly contested regular-season meetings, the fifth-seeded TWU Pioneers will face the fourth-seeded Tarleton State TexAnns in the Lone Star Conference tournament at 6 tonight at the Allen Event Center.

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TWU Notebook: Kolb back in time for LSC tournament

With the return of senior point guard Barbara-Scott Kolb from an injury and a full week off to prepare, the TWU Pioneers expect to be at full strength heading into their opening-round game Thursday at the Lone Star Conference tournament.

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Softball: Nordie blasts three homers in TWU rout

TWU made its home debut Tuesday and smashed four home runs in an 8-2 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State. Nicole Nordie tied the Lone Star Conference and TWU records with three homers.

Gymnastics: Pioneers nab 2nd in meet

After claiming a win in their previous meet at home against Centenary, the TWU gymnastics team is starting to show signs of improvement and confidence.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers tame Lions in finale

COMMERCE — TWU sophomore guard Deja Pointer came off the bench Wednesday and scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Pioneers to a 63-53 win at Texas A&M-Commerce in their regular-season finale.

Softball: TWU cancels Spring Fling tournament

TWU has canceled this weekend’s Best Western Premier Spring Fling at Pioneer Field. Ice and snow and the threat of further rain forced the cancellation.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers take dose of confidence from dual dominance

Besides a convincing dual meet win, the TWU gymnastics team got something else that was needed from last Saturday’s head-to-head competition against Centenary: a timely shot of confidence.

Women’s basketball: Equation lacking

As it prepares to enter the Lone Star Conference tournament in less than two weeks, TWU is still searching for the right offensive chemistry. On Sunday at Kitty Magee Arena, the Pioneers had their defensive game in order, holding No. 4 West Texas A&M well under its season scoring average of 78.8 points, but they suffered on offense against a stingy defense, falling 70-56.

Softball: St. Mary’s rattles Pioneers 8-0

SAN ANTONIO — The TWU softball team dropped its final game at the Rattler Invitational to tournament host St. Mary’s, 8-0 in five innings on Sunday. The Pioneers are now 7-10 on the season.

Softball: TWU falls twice to Oklahoma schools

SAN ANTONIO — TWU dropped two games on the opening day of the Rattler Invitational, falling 3-0 to Oklahoma Christian before losing 6-3 to No. 13 Central Oklahoma.

Women's basketball: Mapua’s late layup lifts Pioneers

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU sophomore guard Andrea Mapua came off the bench and scored a career-high 14 points, including the go-ahead layup with four seconds left, to help the Pioneers to a 64-62 win over Eastern New Mexico on Thursday.

TWU Notebook: Saygo, Westerfield take new roles head-on

Until the last few weeks, junior forward Danielle Westerfield and sophomore guard Kenesha Saygo were off-the-bench sparks for the TWU basketball team who got their playing minutes in reserve roles. Now, their roles have changed.

Gymnastics: TWU finishes second in dual meet at Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The TWU gymnastics team scored a 190.825 and finished second in the dual meet at Southeast Missouri State. The Redhawks scored a 194.675 to capture the meet.

Softball: TWU erupts on offense in Sunday’s two wins

CANYON — For the second straight day the Pioneers’ offense erupted, this time for 23 runs to win two games on the final day at the WT Woodward Invitational in Canyon. TWU defeated Metro State, 13-3, before closing out the tournament with a 10-8 victory against Colorado School of Mines.

Basketball: TWU defense softens late in loss

SAN ANGELO — TWU suffered a 64-58 loss to Angelo State on Saturday.

Softball: Pioneers score 38 runs in winning pair of games at tournament

CANYON — TWU won both of its games Saturday on the second day of the WT Woodward Invitational. The Pioneers defeated Chadron State 22-15 before winning 16-7 in five innings against Colorado Mesa.

TWU roundup: Sancet hits three RBI doubles in TWU loss

CANYON — The TWU softball team dropped two games on the first day at WT Woodward Invitational, falling 9-2 to Adams State and 10-6 to Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday.

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Women’s basketball: Pioneers jab Javelinas in Lone Star Conference showdown

With the visiting winless Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas standing in between the Pioneers erasing a four-game Lone Star Conference losing streak, TWU had to rely on its depth to overcome a lackluster offensive performance.

TWU Notebook: Jones leads TWU gymnastics early in career

It didn’t take long for TWU freshman Schyler Jones to make the first big splash of her collegiate gymnastics career: five meets deep into a season that’s five weeks old.

Softball: TWU softball drops two on the final day of tournament

TUCSON, Ariz. — The TWU softball team dropped both games on the final day at the NFCA Division II Lead-Off Classic. The Pioneers fell to Molloy, 3-0, before losing to Regis, 8-5.

Gymnastics: Pioneer freshman ties for first place

Softball: Pioneers lose season’s first two

TUCSON, Ariz. — TWU opened the season at the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic and dropped two games Friday. The Pioneers fell to No. 13 Missouri-St. Louis 6-5 before losing 6-5 to Regis in eight innings.

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Softball: Youngsters, transfers look to be key for Pioneers

It will be several months before second-year TWU coach Genny Stidham knows if the mix of players on her roster will gel into a successful team this spring. She says she believes the ingredients are there...