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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 season has provided first baseman Kendra Sancet with new challenges and a redefined role as one of TWU’s top power hitters.
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.
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.
There was a time when Robb Coffey’s voice wasn’t as deep, powerful or pleasant on the microphone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Kirk struck out 15 over six innings to help North Texas to a 4-1 victory over Winthrop on Sunday on the final day of the Red and Black Showcase in Athens. Ga.
Two days removed from a four-point victory over Cameron, TWU found itself in another offensively strained matchup against visiting South Dakota School of Mines.
LAS VEGAS — TWU won both of its games on the opening day of the Desert Stinger Tournament on Friday. The Pioneers defeated Regis 9-4 before picking up an 11-3 run-rule victory over Fort Lewis in six innings.
The TWU offense was as cold as the snow and ice along Bell Avenue on Thursday night, shooting 27.3 percent from the floor against Cameron, which held a 20-point lead with 3:22 left in the first half.
Ria Pateraki recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead TWU to a 64-59 win over No. 19 Tarleton State on Monday.
SAN ANTONIO — A new era of TWU softball began Saturday with Genny Stidham picking up her first win as head coach of the Pioneers. TWU opened its season with a 9-1 run-rule victory against Texas-Permian on the first day of St. Mary’s Division II College Classic. St. Mary’s then defeated the Pioneers 4-2.
TWU pulled off an impressive 193.950-193.425 win over No. 25 Rutgers in a dual meet Saturday night at Kitty Magee Arena.
When an athlete shows week-to-week improvement, that’s all a coach can ask for. Three weeks into the season, TWU coach Lisa Bowerman can’t ask for much more from three of her senior gymnasts.
The TWU Pioneers had finally solved their road woes and were riding a three-game winning streak heading in Sunday’s showdown against the Lone Star Conference’s top team in West Texas A&M.
TWU senior center Mary Kovtun had a good feeling heading into Sunday night’s Lone Star Conference game against Midwestern State, and she rode her positive vibes to perhaps her best, all-around performance of the season as the Pioneers stayed undefeated at home with a 66-65 win at Kitty Magee Arena.
In its first home meet of the season, TWU came out focused and eager to improve. After a subpar opening meet at Auburn, the Pioneers arrived at Kitty Magee Arena on Saturday wanting to set the tone for the rest of the season and posted a 194.250-191.900 victory over Air Force.
North Texas overcame a 16-point deficit but could not sustain its momentum in the final seconds and lost on the road to Charlotte 61-59.