Gymnastics: Pioneer gymnasts fall just shy of win

In their first home meet of the season at Kitty Magee Arena on Sunday against North Carolina State, the TWU Pioneers were led by Courtney Cochefski’s uneven bars performance, but fell 196.175-193.275 despite posting a season high.

Women’s basketball: TWU basketball falls at No. 10 West Texas A&M

CANYON — The TWU basketball team suffered a 80-65 loss at No. 10 West Texas A&M on Sunday evening at First United Bank Center in Canyon.

Gymnastics: Pioneers take third in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. — TWU placed third at a triangular meet at No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday night. The Sooners finished first with a score of 197.850, while Southeast Missouri State placed second at 192.850 and...

Women's basketball: Pioneers win on Spector's late trey

Down one point with 17 seconds to go after two free throws by Eastern New Mexico, TWU coach Beth Jillson didn’t want to take a timeout to allow the Zias to set their defense for the Pioneers’ final possession.She...

TWU notebook: TWU happy for bye with No. 1 Sooners looming

Having a bye in the second week of the schedule is perfect timing for the TWU gymnastics team, which returns to action this weekend with a pair of meets 48 hours apart, including the Pioneers’ home debut.

Women's basketball: Pioneers shock MSU in upset win

WICHITA FALLS — Sophomore center Erin Maxwell recorded her second straight double-double to lead the Pioneers to one of the biggest upsets by beating No. 6 Midwestern State, 57-55, on the road at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls.

Women’s basketball: Aggies pop Pioneers

Riding a season-best three-game win streak during which they outscored each of their Lone Star Conference opponents by double digits, TWU had been hot. But on Thursday against Cameron, the Pioneers couldn’t keep up with the sharpshooting Aggies in the second half and lost 77-65 at Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU notebook: Defensive effort paying off for Pioneers

Like most basketball coaches, TWU’s Beth Jillson knows that occasionally an offense takes an unexpected night off — when shots seem to have a hard time falling.

Women’s basketball: Balanced Pioneers top Angelo State

A balanced scoring attack led TWU to a 68-59 win over visiting Angelo State on Saturday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena.

Women’s gymnastics: TWU wins opener

SHREVEPORT, La. — TWU opened the season by winning three of four events in both the team and individual competitions in a dual meet Saturday at Centenary. The Pioneers topped the hosts 189.750-186.875 at the Gold Dome.

Women’s gymnastics: Freshman-laden Pioneers vault into season this weekend

It’s too bad that gymnastics uniforms don’t feature jersey numbers, because a game program with a numerical roster would come in handy this season when identifying the TWU Pioneers, who open their season Saturday.

Women’s basketball: TWU picks up road LSC win at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE — Three players scored in double figures as the Pioneers captured a 57-43 road win at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday night. With the win, TWU improved to 9-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

TWU notebook: LSC play continues as TWU stays on hot streak

TWU has closed out 2014 and started the new year — and Lone Star Conference play — with a solid 4-1 record over its past five games and can point to its bench as one of the reasons for their successful stretch the last two weeks.

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Women's basketball: Pioneers nab LSC victory

In their game against Midwestern State on Thursday, the TWU Pioneers won the rebounding battle, but they lost the overall war as they lost their first Lone Star Conference game.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers drop LSC opener

In its Lone Star Conference litmus test, TWU held the Midwestern State Mustangs to 61 points — almost 10 points under their season average of 70.9 points per game.

TWU notebook: Pioneers prepare for Lone Star Conference action

TWU hit the ground running, literally and figuratively, on Monday to signal the end of the NCAA’s mandatory seven day Winter Break and the beginning of preparation for the start of Lone Star Conference play.

Women’s basketball: TWU grounds Flying Queens

TWU’s Kenesha Saygo was scoreless in the first half, going 0-of-2 from the field, but the second half was a different story as she erupted for 15 points — including the final eight of the game — to put Wayland Baptist away and secure a 83-71 victory Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU notebook: Pioneers get on hot streak in Puerto Rico

TWU’s trip to Puerto Rico last weekend for two games will be a road trip that the Pioneers are going to remember for a long time and for reasons beyond the fact they brought home two victories.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers hang on for 69-66 victory over Puerto Rico-Bayamón

Sophomore Taylor Nolan came off the bench and led the team in scoring to help the Pioneers to a 69-66 win over the host Puerto Rico-Bayamón on Sunday afternoon.

Women’s basketball: TWU rolls in open-air game in Puerto Rico

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — Four players scored in double digits as TWU cruised to an 80-55 win over Puerto Rico-Mayagüez on Saturday afternoon in an open-air gym.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers fall apart late in loss to UTPB

TWU won the first half against Texas-Permian Basin. The Pioneers outscored the Falcons 35-21, using their aggression to get to the paint and the free throw line, but it takes two halves to win a game.

Women’s basketball: TWU falls despite slowing high-scoring LCU

Against a Lubbock Christian offense that entered Wednesday’s game averaging more than 80 points per game, the TWU Pioneers stifled the Lady Chaparrals to 36 percent shooting in the first half and top scorer Haley Burton to seven points in the game.

Notebook: Transfer Spector becoming a TWU leader

Just six games into the basketball season, it’s becoming apparent that TWU sophomore forward Emily Spector is the perfect transfer — one who makes a seamless transition to her new school and then an immediate impact with her new team.

Basketball: Pioneers hand ECU first loss

TWU sophomores Emily Spector and Kenesha Saygo recorded double-doubles to lead the Pioneers to a 64-55 win over visiting East Central on Saturday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers working on second-half attack

Two weeks into the basketball season, the TWU Pioneers have shown themselves to be strong starters — a team that plays its best in the first half. It was inconsistent play in the second half of games that resulted in the team’s 2-2 record heading into Tuesday night’s contest against Texas Wesleyan.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers defeat Texas Wesleyan

TWU defeated visiting Texas Wesleyan 70-65 on Tuesday at Kitty Magee Arena.

Women’s basketball: Bronchos buck off Pioneers

Holding a six-point lead at halftime Saturday, TWU looked to be replicating Friday’s hot start against St. Mary’s. After yielding a 15-2 Cental Oklahoma run to start the second half, the Pioneers found themselves in a completely different contest.

Women's basketball: TWU holds off late rally by St. Mary's

TWU built a 28-point lead and held off a late rally to knock off No. 25 St. Mary’s in the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere.

TWU notebook: Pioneers had shot against top-10 foe

Opening the basketball season with a split of two weekend games might not be an obvious success, but the two games showed TWU coach Beth Jillson two important qualities about her team.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers improve to 1-1

WICHITA FALLS — TWU opened Saturday’s game on an 18-0 run and never looked back as it cruised to a 79-47 win over Adams State at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers fall to No. 7 Hornets

WICHITA FALLS — TWU hung tough with No. 7 Emporia State early but suffered a 76-61 loss in its season opener Friday at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers open today

If the 2014-15 TWU basketball roster is a jigsaw puzzle, it would appear all the pieces are on the table. Beginning tonight it becomes a matter of whether they can be put together.

Volleyball: Aggies end TWU’s season in five sets

CANYON — The TWU volleyball team suffered a 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 22-25, 15-13 loss to Cameron in the Lone Star Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

TWU notebook: Pioneers return to LSC tournament

During volleyball coach Shelly Barberee’s 12 years at TWU, the Pioneers advancing to the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament has become a common occurrence. She’d like to see advancing to the NCAA regionals become an autumn habit as well.

Women’s volleyball: Zias top Pioneers in regular-season finale

PORTALES, N.M. — Four Pioneers recorded double-digit kills Saturday but it wasn’t enough as TWU lost 17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 at Eastern New Mexico in their regular-season finale.

Volleyball: West Texas A&M sweeps TWU

CANYON — TWU suffered a 26-24, 25-22, 25-12 defeat at No. 23 West Texas A&M. The loss snapped Pioneers’ eight-match winning streak.

Women’s basketball: TWU wins exhibition

TWU sophomore guard Kenesha Saygo scored a game-high 19 points and senior Ashley Salazar added 11 to lead the Pioneers to an 83-50 win over Hardin-Simmons in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

TWU notebook: Pioneers seek focus heading into tourney

For the TWU volleyball team, the wins just keep coming. It’s the way the Pioneers are winning, however, that concerns coach Shelly Barberee as the team heads into the final weekend of the regular season before gearing up for the Lone Star Conference tournament and a possible berth in the NCAA regionals.

Soccer: TWU falls to West Texas A&M

CANYON — The TWU soccer came into its final regular season game needing a tie to clinch the berth to the LSC Championship Tournament but suffered a 1-0 loss to the host West Texas A&M to end the season.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers top Javelinas in five

The TWU volleyball team defeated visiting Texas A&M-Kingsville 28-30, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 16-14, on Saturday in its final home match of the regular season.

Soccer: Loss drops TWU into must-win situation

PORTALES, N.M. — The TWU soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss at Eastern New Mexico on Friday. The Zias got on the scoreboard first in the 16th minute. Victoria Perez scored her sixth goal, from the top of the box.

Women’s basketball: Pioneer cagers picked fourth

After finishing tied for second place in the regular season and falling in the second round of the Lone Star Conference tournament, the TWU basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the LSC in 2014-15.

Volleyball: TWU weathers Savage Storm

DURANT, Okla. — TWU freshman middle blocker Elizabeth Pennington had a match-high 20 kills and a .548 hitting percentage to help the Pioneers to a 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 17-15 win Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State.

TWU notebook: Pioneers control own LSC destiny

With two games remaining in the regular season — both this weekend — the TWU soccer team faces challenges on more than one level. The Pioneers need to win to qualify for the Lone Star Conference tournament, and must do so on what is considered the toughest road trip of the year.

Volleyball roundup: Pioneers take final three sets at MSU

North Texas, after dropping the first set, stormed back to defeat Florida Atlantic 23-25. 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 on Friday night.

Volleyball: TWU wins fifth straight, knocks off Cameron

Four players recorded double-digit kills for TWU, led by freshman Elizabeth Pennington with 13, as the Pioneers defeated Cameron 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21. With its fifth straight win, TWU improved to 15-7 overall and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

Soccer: TWU drops 1-0 loss to A&M-Commerce on senior night

TWU celebrated senior night but lost to visiting Texas A&M-Commerce 1-0 in front of a school-record crowd of 654.

TWU notebook: Defense, offense shine as TWU climbs standings

After taking three days to fully digest last weekend’s two victories, including a stunning 3-0 upset of No. 19 Angelo State, TWU soccer coach Babak Abouzar liked what he saw from his defense and the foot of Natalia Diaz.

Soccer: Another record crowd sees TWU win against Midwestern State

For the second straight game, a record crowd packed the TWU Soccer Field and watched the Pioneers defeat Midwestern State, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. With the win, TWU improved to 9-5-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Volleyball: Redwine, Santos return as TWU sweeps A&M-Commerce

On their second run through the Lone Star Conference schedule, the TWU Pioneers look to be heading in the right direction with five league matches left.