Softball: TWU earns split with Tarleton State

STEPHENVILLE — TWU junior first baseman Kendra Sancet drove in six runs to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader split at Tarleton State on Thursday night. TWU won the first game 9-6 before dropping the second 7-5.

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TWU notebook: TWU swinging for top-eight regional rank

With four regular-season games remaining, the TWU softball team naturally will be focused on winning those contests. But it’s also that time of the year when attention turns to the upcoming Lone Star Conference tournament and South Central Region competition.

Gymnastics: Pioneers earn two individual crowns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU senior Brittainy Johnson captured the bars title while junior Spencer Jones won the floor title at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Sunday at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers second again at nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU scored a 194.725 to finish second at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday night.

Softball: TWU sweeps to wrap up home slate

Approaching two final road series before the Lone Star Conference tournament, TWU is searching for more consistency on defense.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers win national semifinal with season high

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU posted a season-high 195.375 to win the second semifinal session Friday at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Women's gymnastics: TWU looks to end streak of runner-up finishes

Is the fifth time a charm? That’s what TWU is hoping for this weekend as the Pioneers are armed with a No. 1 seed, the talent and experience of eight seniors and perhaps a we’re-tired-of-being-runner-up attitude as they open competition today in the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Providence, R.I.

Softball: TWU splits at St. Edward’s

AUSTIN — TWU split its final nonconference doubleheader of the season Wednesday at St. Edward’s, winning 3-0 and losing 2-1.

TWU notebook: Pioneers determined to shine at nationals

TWU coach Lisa Bowerman and gymnast Brittainy Johnson drove to Denton late Saturday following Johnson’s record-setting performance at the NCAA regional meet at Arkansas for one specific reason: to start team preparations Sunday for this week’s USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Softball: Lander tosses no-no

Following TWU’s 8-0 victory over Midwestern State in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Pioneer Field, Brandie Lander walked off the field knowing she’d pitched a gem, but she didn’t know just how stifling she’d been.

Roundup: TWU's Johnson places fourth at regional

North Texas beat Texas-San Antonio for its sixth win at the Waranch Tennis Complex this season.

Softball: Pioneers take two against Midwestern State

After losing three of four games against No. 1 West Texas A&M and a doubleheader to No. 7 St. Mary’s at home, the TWU Pioneers went on the road and earned a four-game sweep of Eastern New Mexico.

TWU/UNT roundup: Sancet hits three homers as TWU sweeps Zias

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU completed its weekend trip with another doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico, winning 11-9 and 12-7 Saturday afternoon.

Softball: Farquhar’s winning homer helps TWU to sweep

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU rebounded from Tuesday’s two losses with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico on Friday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers hope win over No. 1 Buffs busts slump

TWU softball coach Genny Stidham hopes that salvaging a win against No. 1 West Texas A&M in the final game of a four-game series over the weekend will be the spark that lifts her Pioneers out of a tough stretch they’ve endured the last two weeks.

Softball: Rattlers strike for sweep at TWU

TWU dropped a home doubleheader to No. 7 St. Mary’s on Tuesday. The No. 18 Pioneers lost 10-7 before dropping an 8-0 decision in five innings.

Softball: TWU avoids four-game sweep

After falling flat in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against No. 1 West Texas A&M, Katie Hines and the TWU defense shut out the Lady Buffs for six innings to take the nightcap 4-2 and avoid a four-game sweep at Pioneer Field.

Roundup: TWU finishes second at conference meet

UNT sweeps UTEP

Softball: Lady Buffs sweep TWU

TWU knew it had a tough task on its hands with No. 1 West Texas A&M in town. After an opening 10-0 loss in Game 1, the Pioneers regrouped and took a 3-0 lead in the nightcap, but the Lady Buffs stormed back with a two-inning burst to take the second game 6-3 on Friday at Pioneer Field.

Women's gymnastics: TWU seniors key for MIC battle

Going into this weekend’s Midwest Independent Conference meet, the anticipated battle for the MIC title again boils down to a handful of teams — including the TWU Pioneers — separated by the slightest of margins at the top of the MIC rankings.

Lone Star Conference

Women's basketball: TWU disappointed after missing NCAA regional

The TWU basketball team had its share of peaks and valleys this season. After all was said and done, the Pioneers felt they had done enough to get themselves into the NCAA South Central Region tournament.

TWU notebook: Pioneers look to be among MIC favorites

If regional qualifying scores are any indication, the fight for a conference title at this weekend’s Midwest Independent Conference meet will be a down-to-the-wire battle between TWU, Illinois-Chicago and Southeast Missouri State.

Roundup: Sancet, Galaz homer twice in rout of Javelinas

North Texas secured a 5-1 victory against the Liberty Flames Saturday morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

Roundup: Rambelles overcome TWU’s late six-run lead

UNT off to slow start

TWU notebook: Stidham finds positives in Pioneer sweep

As coaches often do, TWU’s Genny Stidham focused on the positives to come from the shock of getting swept in a three-game softball series last weekend at Angelo State.

Women’s basketball: TWU’ season comes to end

After losing in the second round of the Lone Star Conference tournament, the TWU basketball team was left out of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament on Sunday.

Gymnastics: Larimer, TWU post season highs in home finale

Heading into her final home performance in front of family, friends and TWU fans at Kitty Magee Arena, senior Bethany Larimer knew she wanted to end with an unabated sense of confidence.

Softball: Pioneers drop two on road

SAN ANGELO — Fourth-ranked TWU lost both games of the doubleheader on Saturday to No. 24 Angelo State — 15-9 and 9-6.

Women's basketball: Pioneers stall on offense in semifinals loss

ALLEN — With each team searching for its offense throughout the game, it seemed as if whichever team could summon any extended stretches of scoring was bound to take control of game.

Roundup: TWU falls to Angelo State in softball; UNT tennis swept

SAN ANGELO — No. 4 TWU opened a three-game series at No. 24 Angelo State with an 11-3 loss in six innings Friday night. The loss snapped a 10-game win streak by the Pioneers.

Lone Star Conference

Women's basketball: Pioneers advance to semifinals

ALLEN — In its first two matchups against Texas A&M-Kingsville, TWU pulled out victories in the final minutes of each game. But on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament at the Allen Event Center, it was a different story.

Women's basketball: TWU enters ‘new season’ as No. 3 seed

TWU didn’t exactly end its regular season on the best note, losing its final two games, but those games are a distant memory for the Pioneers.

TWU notebook: TWU looks to details with top foes visiting

Coming off Saturday’s 194.250-193.325 win over Bowling Green, TWU is searching for the confidence necessary to do more than just perform well. With powerhouses Oklahoma, Minnesota and Michigan State visiting Kitty Magee Arena this Sunday for a four-way meet, the Pioneers will have an opportunity to position themselves for the NCAA regionals.

Softball: Sancet fuels decisive inning with home run

The 2014 season has provided first baseman Kendra Sancet with new challenges and a redefined role as one of TWU’s top power hitters.

Gymnastics: Pioneers rally in last rotation to top Bowling Green

With one event remaining in its dual meet against Bowling Green, TWU was trailing by less than a point with the Falcons yet to compete on the balance beam and the Pioneers with the floor exercise to go.

Softball: Solid TWU sweeps two from Javelinas

Playing a doubleheader against Texas A&M-Kingsville to open Lone Star Conference play Friday at Pioneer Field, TWU’s defense surrendered just two runs in 11 total innings.

Women's basketball: TWU falls in regular-season finale

When TWU is playing its best basketball, defense is the cornerstone of its success. On Wednesday at Kitty Magee Arena, the Pioneers closed to within a possession in the final minute but trailed the entire game and lost 69-62 to Texas A&M-Commerce.

Notebook: TWU needs win in quest for No. 2 seed

More than a simple win or loss is riding on the outcome of tonight’s regular-season finale for the TWU basketball team.

Girls basketball: Coffey to call state tournament games

There was a time when Robb Coffey’s voice wasn’t as deep, powerful or pleasant on the microphone.

Gymnastics: Pioneers take second in home triangular

The TWU Pioneers had one of their most productive meets of the season Sunday in a triangular meet at Kitty Magee Arean, posting season highs on the uneven bars and floor exercise. But their usually strong balance beam was off kilter, which contributed to a second-place performance.

Roundup: UNT wins 11th straight in softball; TWU falls in basketball

Karly Williams hit a two-run homer, and Ashley Kirk pitched a four-hitter to lead North Texas to its 11th straight victory, defeating Texas State 3-1 for the Texas Shootout championship on Sunday at Lovelace Field.

Softball: TWU takes two in home debut

After allowing five runs in a one-run victory over St. Edward’s in the final game of a five-game undefeated stretch at last weekend’s St. Edward’s Round Robin, TWU battened down the hatches defensively, allowing just one run Saturday in sweeping its doubleheader home debut against the Hilltoppers.

Women's basketball: Jillson wins 100th

A trend is starting to develop that is guiding TWU’s best stretch of basketball this season, but if the Pioneers are going to accomplish what they want they are going to need to start combining their stellar second-half play with a capable first half.

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Notebook: TWU on roll since coach’s team-building exercises

To understand why the sizzling TWU Pioneers are playing so well right now — six straight wins and counting — it’s necessary to go back to early January after a loss at Angelo State that dropped TWU’s mark in the Lone Star Conference to a woeful 1-3.

Roundup: UNT, TWU post wins in softball

Brooke Foster hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift North Texas to a 7-6 victory over Northern Iowa and the Lovelace Invitational crown Sunday at Lovelace Stadium.

Women's basketball: TWU dominates after drawing technicals

With 34 seconds left in the first half, TWU found itself charged with consecutive technical fouls — one against its bench and another to an assistant coach, who was ejected by officials.

TWU/UNT roundup: TWU’s Lander blanks A&M International

AUSTIN — TWU senior Brandie Lander tossed her third complete-game shutout of the season to lead the Pioneers to a 2-0 win over Texas A&M International on Saturday at the St. Edward’s Round Robin.

Roundup: TWU wins pair behind rallies, Galaz’s slam

North Texas beat Nicholls State 8-4 and Southern 9-0 in the Lovelace Invitational behind the pitching efforts of Madison Thompson and Lauren Poole.

Women’s basketball: TWU wins in triple OT

KINGSVILLE — Rebekah Cluley hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and hit back-to-back 3s to send it into double overtime before leading TWU to a triple-OT 107-102 win at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday.

Notebook: TWU gets early gauge of MIC foes

Perhaps the best part of TWU winning its three-team home gymnastics meet Sunday was not the victory itself, but rather whom the Pioneers topped on the scoreboard.