After tying a 14-year-old team record by posting a score of 196.00 at Kitty Magee Arena on Sunday, the TWU gymnastics team is preparing for what it hopes will be another strong performance in its final home competition.
The TWU women’s basketball team picked up a crucial 78-52 win against Western New Mexico on Saturday and now has its final two home games of the season as the Lone Star Conference tournament rapidly approaches.
GRAND PRAIRIE — Texas Woman’s University closed out the final day of the North Texas Softball Bash with a 7-5 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State and cruised to an 11-0 defeat of Oklahoma Panhandle State behind a one-hit shutout by Abby Walker and home runs from Chelsie McClure and Alexis Elizondo on Sunday at Jennifer McFalls Park.
LAS VEGAS — The Pioneers notched a pair of wins in an eight-inning battle over Concordia (Ore.), 6-5, and a 3-2 victory over in-region foe New Mexico Highlands on Sunday at Majestic Park, wrapping up the Desert Stinger Tournament with a 3-1 overall mark.
TWU faced off against Midwest Independent Conference opponent Lindenwood University in their first conference matchup of the season with the Lady Lions recording a season-high team score of 194.125 and the Pioneers coming in with a 192.900 on Sunday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena.
Growing up as the two youngest of six children, Grace and Kara Mitchell were always competitive. They would play simple games like who could get to the car first or who could outrun the other. But now that they play on the same basketball team at TWU, that competitive spirit has turned into loving support and their teamwork has helped transform the Pioneers.
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.