Notebook: TWU set to host No. 1 Sooners on Sunday

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.

TWU ties team record from ’03

It was Gymnastics Alumni Day on Sunday when the Pioneers registered a team score of 196.00, tying a school record set on March 3, 2003 — by a team that later went on to win a USAG National Championship.

TWU splits twin bill

Texas Woman’s University split its 2017 home opener series with Oklahoma Christian with a 1-0 win and 8-0 loss Wednesday at Pioneer Field.

TWU notebook: TWU hoping to enter conference tournament on high note

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.

TWU tallies two wins at Bash

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.

Pioneers win pair in Stinger tourney

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.

Lindenwood eludes TWU in conference

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.

Women's basketball: Grace, Kara Mitchell coming up big as TWU teammates

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.

Women’s basketball: Hounds end TWU streak at five wins

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.

Women’s gymnastics: TWU’s Jones wins all-around at opener

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.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers run win streak to five

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.

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TWU notebook: TWU returns to action at home after lengthy break

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.

TWU goes into break riding high on four-game winning streak

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.

TWU notebook: TWU in search of 1st conference win

After getting off to one of its best starts in several years, the TWU basketball team was unable to carry that momentum into the the hot start it was hoping for in Lone Star Conference play.

Women’s basketball roundup: UNT rally falls short at Tulsa

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.

Roundup: UNT women take home opener

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.

Spector heats up as TWU holds off late Mountain Lion rally

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.

TWU opens year with 17-point win over A&M-International

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.

Lady Buffs sweep Pioneers

CANYON — TWU struggled offensively in a 25-13, 30-28, 25-12 loss to West Texas A&M on Friday night at The Box, as the Pioneers hit just .047 compared with .274 from the Lady Buffs.

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Seasoned Pioneers primed for big year

TWU was picked to finish third in the Lone Star Conference in the league’s preseason poll, and while coach Beth Jillson’s expectations are high, she said the Pioneers aren’t focused on early projections.

TWU notebook: Pioneers control postseason destiny

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.

Eastern New Mexico defeats TWU

Sara Oxford provided a blistering performance at the net with 19 kills and five blocks, but TWU fell 25-23, 27-29, 25-23, 25-10 to Eastern New Mexico at Kitty Magee Arena on Friday night.

TWU defeats Angelo State 1-0

TWU’s Gaby Larson scored the winning goal against Angelo State by heading in a free kick on the right side from Aryana Maricle-Conroy in the 16th minute for a 1-0 victory..

TWU soccer season ends with 2-2 tie

COMMERCE — TWU’s season ended in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament with a 2-2 tie with Angelo State on Thursday night. The Belles outscored TWU 4-3 on penalty kicks to advance to the semifinals.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers looks for late push into postseason play

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.

TWU rally comes up short

Sara Oxford recorded a game-high 16 kills and Kerstin Jenkins totaled a dozen in a four-set loss (20-25, 23-25, 29-27, 16-25) to Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday evening inside Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU can’t keep up with WTAMU

CANYON — Texas Woman’s University tied season-lows of three shots and one shot on goal in a 2-0 loss to West Texas A&M on The Pitch on Sunday afternoon.

TWU soccer blanks Eastern New Mexico

PORTALES, N.M. — Cara Zwilling scored her second game-winning goal for Texas Woman’s University in as many games to give TWU the win.

TWU falls to No. 10 Angelo State

Sara Oxford and Briley Cole each registered 11 kills for Texas Woman’s University, but the Pioneers fell in straight sets, 25-15, 25-21, 25-23, to 10th-ranked Angelo State in Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU nets only goal in win against Mustangs

Rachel Peters found Cara Zwilling in front of the net for a goal with 16 seconds left in TWU’s match against Midwestern State to give the Pioneers a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon on TWU Soccer Field during the annual Kick for a Cure game.

TWU drops match to Texas Permian Basin

Sara Oxford and Briley Cole recorded career highs in kills and several reserves stepped up for TWU against Texas-Permian Basin at Kitty Magee Arena, but the Pioneers lost 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14.

Western New Mexico sweep TWU

SILVER CITY, N.M. — A striking offensive performance by Western New Mexico was difficult for TWU to contain in a 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of the Pioneers.

TWU knocks off Texas-Permian Basin

ODESSA — Brittany Jones assisted Gaby Larson and Chelsea Martin on goals in the first 14 minutes against Texas-Permian Basin and TWU won 2-0  in LSC action at UTPB Turf Field.

TWU gets first LSC victory with win over Midwestern State

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.

Women’s soccer: Pioneers shut out No. 11 Lions

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.

TWU soccer falls to Eastern New Mexico

COMMERCE — None of the season-high 27 shot attempts by Texas Woman’s University made their way into the goal against Eastern New Mexico in a game moved to Lion Soccer Field on the campus of Texas A&M-Commerce because of heavy rain in Denton.

TWU notebook: Pioneers look to bounce back

After getting off to a program best 4-0 start and surging to No. 15 in the nation, the TWU soccer team lost its first game of the young season in a 1-0 overtime thriller against Oklahoma Baptist last Friday.

TWU splits on first day of Classic

LAKELAND, Fla. — TWU opened play at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic with a 21-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 win against Long Island Post but struggled to a 25-16, 25-11, 25-16 loss to No. 23 host Florida Southern on Friday at Jenkins Field House.

TWU has ‘plenty’ for today’s openers

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.

Women’s soccer: TWU carries depth into today’s opener

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.

All TWU athletes out of hospital

All eight Texas Woman’s University volleyball players who were hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis last weekend have been released, according to university officials.

Barberee resigns as TWU volleyball coach

Two weeks after going on leave, Texas Woman’s University head volleyball coach Shelly Barberee resigned from her position late Friday. Her resignation was publicly announced Saturday afternoon.

Simpson earns TWU’s Chancellor Award

Junior gymnast Katie Simpson has been selected as the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Award winner by the Texas Woman’s University Athletics Council.

TWU finds new SID at Lubbock Christian

Becca Walters has been named the new assistant director of athletics for communications at TWU, athletic director Chalese Connors announced Monday.

Pioneers add three cagers for this fall

TWU basketball coach Beth Jillson has added three players to the Pioneers’ 2016-17 roster with the signings of freshman Hailee Ashworth, sophomore KJ Stastny and junior Grace Mitchell.

Boppana stepping down as Pioneer SID

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.

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.