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.

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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.

Women’s gymnastics: Pioneers shine on bars

TWU gymnastics coach Lisa Bowerman frequently reminds her team that the Pioneers are going to have to fight some battles more than once throughout a season. So as the Pioneers entered Saturday’s four-way home meet against LSU, New Hampshire and Oregon State, Bowerman wanted her team to build on the consistency that it had accrued over the last couple of weeks.

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Basketball: Lubbock Christian eliminates Pioneers

LUBBOCK — TWU stayed toe-to-toe with No. 1 Lubbock Christian for three of four quarters, but a second-quarter run by LCU was the difference in a 95-75 Pioneer loss at the NCAA South Central Regional on Thursday night.

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Basketball: Pioneers set to play against tourney host

The TWU Pioneers have eagerly waited for the NCAA South Central Regional rankings to be released before, having been on the bubble to qualify two seasons ago, but they were squeezed out in the final rankings due to another conference’s automatic bid.

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TWU notebook: TWU ready to make noise in D2 tourney

TWU basketball coach Beth Jillson wasted no time late Sunday evening to begin preparing for the school’s second appearance in the NCAA’s Division II postseason.

TWU earns at-large bid to NCAA tournament

For the first time in TWU basketball history the Pioneers received an at-large bid to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament.  It’s the second trip to the big dance for TWU after advancing to the 2011 tournament when they won the LSC Championship and received an automatic bid.

TWU beats Pitt, Yale

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — For the second straight week, TWU scored 48.000 or higher on all four events, finishing with a season high of 193.575 to place third in a five-team meet at Maryland on Sunday.

Softball: Bice sparks sweep

STEPHENVILLE — TWU junior Tori Bice pitched two complete games and helped the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep Saturday at No. 25 Tarleton State, winning 5-0 and 6-5. With the wins TWU improved to.

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Basketball: Belles eliminate TWU

ALLEN — After digging themselves a 13-0 hole, the TWU Pioneers found their way out of a scoreless fog despite shooting just over 26 percent in the first half of Friday’s second-round game at the Lone Star Conference tournament.

Softball: Pioneers open LSC slate with Tarleton split

STEPHENVILLE — TWU opened its Lone Star Conference schedule with a doubleheader split at No. 25 Tarleton State on Friday. The Pioneers captured a 7-1 win in the first game before falling 12-3 in five innings.

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Basketball: TWU tops Aggies at LSC tourney

After surrendering an average of 76 points in two losses to Cameron while holding all opponents to an average of just over 61 per game, TWU knew several aspects of its game had to change in order to avoid a third loss to the Aggies and an exit in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

Women’s basketball: TWU rides defense into LSC tourney

If the third-seeded TWU Pioneers are going to shake the memories of last week’s 77-70 loss to Cameron and beat the sixth-seeded Aggies for the first time this season to start their Lone Star Conference tournament run, it will have to be with cohesive defense.

Notebook: Pioneers familiar with LSC tourney foe

If nothing else, TWU should be plenty familiar with Cameron, the Pioneers’ first-round opponent in this week’s Lone Star Conference basketball tournament.

Softball: TWU extends win streak to six games

After kicking off the season with 16 games away from home, the TWU Pioneers returned to Denton for their home opener and defeated St. Edward’s in both games of a Sunday doubleheader.

Women’s basketball: Cameron sweeps TWU

Before TWU could set its sights on next week’s Lone Star Conference tournament, the Pioneers finished off the regular season against a Cameron squad they have a strong chance of meeting in the first round.

TWU notebook: Pioneers ‘excited’ to play on Denton diamond

Nobody has seen TWU play in Denton because the Pioneers have been on a grueling monthlong journey to open the softball season with three consecutive road tournaments, but that’s about to change.

Basketball: Saygo puts on a show, TWU takes down ASU

When TWU coach Beth Jillson and junior guard Kenesha Saygo worked together on Saygo’s 3-point shooting in warmups prior to the crucial Lone Star Conference matchup between Angelo State and TWU on Sunday, Jillson saw signs of the performance Saygo was about to put on.

Women’s gymnastics: Pitt topples TWU

PITTSBURGH — TWU posted a season-high 192.550 and numerous Pioneers scored career highs in a dual meet at Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Panthers captured the meet with a 194.375.