TWU nets only goal in win against Mustangs

Rachel Peters found Cara Zwilling in front of the net for a goal with 16 seconds left in TWU’s match against Midwestern State to give the Pioneers a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon on TWU Soccer Field during the annual Kick for a Cure game.

TWU drops match to Texas Permian Basin

Sara Oxford and Briley Cole recorded career highs in kills and several reserves stepped up for TWU against Texas-Permian Basin at Kitty Magee Arena, but the Pioneers lost 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14.

Western New Mexico sweep TWU

SILVER CITY, N.M. — A striking offensive performance by Western New Mexico was difficult for TWU to contain in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of the Pioneers.

TWU knocks off Texas-Permian Basin

ODESSA — Brittany Jones assisted Gaby Larson and Chelsea Martin on goals in the first 14 minutes against Texas-Permian Basin and TWU won 2-0  in LSC action at UTPB Turf Field.

TWU gets first LSC victory with win over Midwestern State

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.

Women’s soccer: Pioneers shut out No. 11 Lions

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.

TWU soccer falls to Eastern New Mexico

COMMERCE — None of the season-high 27 shot attempts by Texas Woman’s University made their way into the goal against Eastern New Mexico in a game moved to Lion Soccer Field on the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce because of heavy rain in Denton.

TWU notebook: Pioneers look to bounce back

After getting off to a program best 4-0 start and surging to No. 15 in the nation, the TWU soccer team lost its first game of the young season in a 1-0 overtime thriller against Oklahoma Baptist last Friday.

TWU splits on first day of Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. — TWU opened play at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 win against Long Island Post but struggled to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 loss to No. 23 host Florida Southern on Friday at Jenkins Field House.

TWU has ‘plenty’ for today’s openers

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.

Women’s soccer: TWU carries depth into today’s opener

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.

All TWU athletes out of hospital

All eight Texas Woman’s University volleyball players who were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis last weekend have been released, according to university officials.

Barberee resigns as TWU volleyball coach

Two weeks after going on leave, Texas Woman’s University head volleyball coach Shelly Barberee resigned from her position late Friday. Her resignation was publicly announced Saturday afternoon.

Simpson earns TWU’s Chancellor Award

Junior gymnast Katie Simpson has been selected as the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Award winner by the Texas Woman’s University Athletics Council.

TWU finds new SID at Lubbock Christian

Becca Walters has been named the new assistant director of athletics for communications at TWU, athletic director Chalese Connors announced Monday.

Pioneers add three cagers for this fall

TWU basketball coach Beth Jillson has added three players to the Pioneers’ 2016-17 roster with the signings of freshman Hailee Ashworth, sophomore KJ Stastny and junior Grace Mitchell.

Boppana stepping down as Pioneer SID

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.

TWU notebook: Stidham proud of Pioneers’ resolve

If TWU softball coach Genny Stidham had to pick one outstanding trait about her 2016 Pioneers, it probably would have to be the players’ gutsy resolve for playing to the final out regardless of the score.

Softball: Rattlers bite TWU at NCAA tourney

SAN ANTONIO — TWU dropped two games Saturday to ninth-ranked host St. Mary’s on the final day of the NCAA South Central Regional.

Softball: Pioneers run-rule LCU in NCAA tournament

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.

Softball: TWU faces hard-hitting Chaps at regional

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.

Softball: TWU headed to San Antonio for regional

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.

TWU advances to final

CANYON — TWU advanced to the Lone Star Conference tournament championship game for the second straight season with a 6-4 win over Midwestern State on Friday.

Softball: Pioneers looking for extended postseason

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.

Softball: Lady Buffs complete sweep of Pioneers

Already having lost the first two games of a four-game series against Division II’s No. 1 team, TWU had two tilts left to fine-tune its game before Friday’s start of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

WTAMU outlasts TWU upset bid in extra innings

Entering Friday night’s doubleheader against Lone Star Conference rival and top-ranked West Texas A&M, TWU senior outfielder Tealey Farquhar said the Pioneers were ready for a fight.

Softball: TWU out to improve regional ranking

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 notebook: Lady Buffs stand in way of TWU finishing second

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.

Softball: Nordie drives in six in split

PORTALES, N.M. — Nicole Nordie drove in six of TWU’s 13 runs in Friday’s doubleheader at Eastern New Mexico and helped the Pioneers to a split. After dropping the first game 5-4 in eight innings, TWU bounced back with a 9-8 win.

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TWU notebook: Pioneers prove they’ll fight

A couple of days of reflection on Saturday’s series-clinching, come-from-behind 13-12 win against Texas A&M-Kingsville proved to TWU softball coach Genny Stidham that her team isn’t lacking in one outstanding personality trait: fight.

TWU has strong showing at USA finals

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — The third and final day of the 2016 USA Gymnastics National Championships was an exciting one for TWU.

Softball: TWU sweeps Texas A&M-Kingsville for 600th program win

Pioneers fail to advance to team finals

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Freshmen Erin Alderman, Jenna Cashmore and Megan Gentry posted career highs in their respective events and TWU scored a season-high 194.275 to finish third Friday at the USA Gymnastics national meet semifinals.

TWU splits twinbill with A&M-Kingsville

TWU split its doubleheader against Texas A&M-Kingsville at Pioneer Field. The Pioneer offense exploded for 10 runs in a five-inning, run-rule 10-2 victory, but a seventh-inning comeback came up just short in a 6-5 loss in the nightcap.

Notebook: TWU gymnastics back into action after layoff period

By the time TWU’s gymnasts step onto the floor Friday for the opening day of the 2016 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, it will have been nearly three weeks since the Pioneers last competed in a meet.

TWU softball splits doubleheader

The TWU softball team split the non-conference doubleheader against visiting Oklahoma Christian Tuesday evening at Pioneer Field. After dropping the first game 10-0, the Pioneers bounced back with a 4-1 win in the second.

Softball: Cameron sweeps No. 20 Pioneers

LAWTON, Okla. — No. 20 TWU suffered its first Lone Star Conference series loss of the season as the Pioneers dropped a pair of 4-2 decisions at Cameron on Saturday.

Track and field: UT’s Akinosun matches TWU great’s mark

AUSTIN — Texas senior Morolake Akinosun won the women’s 100 meters at the Texas Relays on Saturday to become the first woman to win the event three years in a row.

Softball: Pioneers hold off Aggies for split

LAWTON, Okla. — No. 20 TWU split a doubleheader Friday at Cameron. After dropping the first game 12-2 in five innings, the Pioneers bounced back with a 7-6 win.

Pioneers move up to 20th

The TWU Pioneers, after winning three of four games last weekend against Texas A&M-Commerce, moved up three spots in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 to No. 20 heading into a four-game series with Cameron this weekend.

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TWU notebook: Bice becomes TWU anchor

A year after making a transitional move across Denton — from North Texas to TWU — Tori Bice has settled into the role of reliable cornerstone for the Pioneer pitching staff.


Softball: Pioneers nearly pull off four-game sweep

After picking up two wins Friday in a four-game series against Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce, TWU was looking for a sweep after Saturday’s 9-1 win, but the Lions’ speed and leadoff hitting caught up to the Pioneers.

Softball: Pioneers take two from Lions

In the first two games of their four-game Lone Star Conference series, Texas A&M-Commerce outhit TWU in each game, but the Pioneers delivered the timely hitting, timely defense and solid pitching and swept Friday’s doubleheader at Pioneer Field.

Softball: Pioneers climb into Top 25

The TWU Pioneers, 15-3 in their last 18 games, have earned a spot in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 for the first time since the 2014 season.

Notebook: TWU softball moving in right direction

Since opening Lone Star Conference play earlier this month, the TWU Pioneers have captured two road series against nationally ranked teams that have lifted them into a tie for second place in the Lone Star Conference standings.

Pioneers sweep doubleheader to take the series at No. 21 Angelo State

SAN ANGELO — TWU junior pitcher Hailey Dixon won both games of the doubleheader and helped the Pioneers to a 3-1 series win at No. 21 Angelo State. TWU won the first game 5-4 in eight innings before taking the second 10-7 for the sweep. The Pioneers are now 20-10 on the season and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

TWU roundup: Jones captures all-around and vault MIC individual titles for TWU

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The TWU gymnastics team posted a 193.325 and finished third at the 2016 Midwest Independent Conference Championships on Saturday evening at Houck Field House in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

TWU Notebook: TWU gymnastics squad aiming for conference title

The TWU gymnastic team enters its second part of the season this weekend at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships and a challenge awaits the Pioneers who will be pursuing their first conference championship.

Softball: TWU offense explodes in sweep of Mustangs

After letting Midwestern creep back in the late stages of the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader to steal away a win from TWU, the Pioneers want to make sure they capitalized on their opportunities.

Softball: Pioneers split doubleheader with Mustangs

Through 11 innings of TWU’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader against Midwestern State, TWU had done a good job of limiting the Mustangs’ potent offense.