TWU notebook: Pioneers working on second-half attack

Two weeks into the basketball season, the TWU Pioneers have shown themselves to be strong starters — a team that plays its best in the first half. It was inconsistent play in the second half of games that resulted in the team’s 2-2 record heading into Tuesday night’s contest against Texas Wesleyan.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers defeat Texas Wesleyan

TWU defeated visiting Texas Wesleyan 70-65 on Tuesday at Kitty Magee Arena.

Women’s basketball: Bronchos buck off Pioneers

Holding a six-point lead at halftime Saturday, TWU looked to be replicating Friday’s hot start against St. Mary’s. After yielding a 15-2 Cental Oklahoma run to start the second half, the Pioneers found themselves in a completely different contest.

Women's basketball: TWU holds off late rally by St. Mary's

TWU built a 28-point lead and held off a late rally to knock off No. 25 St. Mary’s in the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere.

TWU notebook: Pioneers had shot against top-10 foe

Opening the basketball season with a split of two weekend games might not be an obvious success, but the two games showed TWU coach Beth Jillson two important qualities about her team.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers improve to 1-1

WICHITA FALLS — TWU opened Saturday’s game on an 18-0 run and never looked back as it cruised to a 79-47 win over Adams State at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers fall to No. 7 Hornets

WICHITA FALLS — TWU hung tough with No. 7 Emporia State early but suffered a 76-61 loss in its season opener Friday at Midwestern State’s Archbrook Classic.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers open today

If the 2014-15 TWU basketball roster is a jigsaw puzzle, it would appear all the pieces are on the table. Beginning tonight it becomes a matter of whether they can be put together.

Volleyball: Aggies end TWU’s season in five sets

CANYON — The TWU volleyball team suffered a 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 22-25, 15-13 loss to Cameron in the Lone Star Conference tournament quarterfinals Thursday afternoon.

TWU notebook: Pioneers return to LSC tournament

During volleyball coach Shelly Barberee’s 12 years at TWU, the Pioneers advancing to the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament has become a common occurrence. She’d like to see advancing to the NCAA regionals become an autumn habit as well.

Women’s volleyball: Zias top Pioneers in regular-season finale

PORTALES, N.M. — Four Pioneers recorded double-digit kills Saturday but it wasn’t enough as TWU lost 17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-12 at Eastern New Mexico in their regular-season finale.

Volleyball: West Texas A&M sweeps TWU

CANYON — TWU suffered a 26-24, 25-22, 25-12 defeat at No. 23 West Texas A&M. The loss snapped Pioneers’ eight-match winning streak.

Women’s basketball: TWU wins exhibition

TWU sophomore guard Kenesha Saygo scored a game-high 19 points and senior Ashley Salazar added 11 to lead the Pioneers to an 83-50 win over Hardin-Simmons in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

TWU notebook: Pioneers seek focus heading into tourney

For the TWU volleyball team, the wins just keep coming. It’s the way the Pioneers are winning, however, that concerns coach Shelly Barberee as the team heads into the final weekend of the regular season before gearing up for the Lone Star Conference tournament and a possible berth in the NCAA regionals.

Soccer: TWU falls to West Texas A&M

CANYON — The TWU soccer came into its final regular season game needing a tie to clinch the berth to the LSC Championship Tournament but suffered a 1-0 loss to the host West Texas A&M to end the season.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers top Javelinas in five

The TWU volleyball team defeated visiting Texas A&M-Kingsville 28-30, 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 16-14, on Saturday in its final home match of the regular season.

Soccer: Loss drops TWU into must-win situation

PORTALES, N.M. — The TWU soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss at Eastern New Mexico on Friday. The Zias got on the scoreboard first in the 16th minute. Victoria Perez scored her sixth goal, from the top of the box.

Women’s basketball: Pioneer cagers picked fourth

After finishing tied for second place in the regular season and falling in the second round of the Lone Star Conference tournament, the TWU basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the LSC in 2014-15.

Volleyball: TWU weathers Savage Storm

DURANT, Okla. — TWU freshman middle blocker Elizabeth Pennington had a match-high 20 kills and a .548 hitting percentage to help the Pioneers to a 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 17-15 win Wednesday at Southeastern Oklahoma State.

TWU notebook: Pioneers control own LSC destiny

With two games remaining in the regular season — both this weekend — the TWU soccer team faces challenges on more than one level. The Pioneers need to win to qualify for the Lone Star Conference tournament, and must do so on what is considered the toughest road trip of the year.

Volleyball roundup: Pioneers take final three sets at MSU

North Texas, after dropping the first set, stormed back to defeat Florida Atlantic 23-25. 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 on Friday night.

Volleyball: TWU wins fifth straight, knocks off Cameron

Four players recorded double-digit kills for TWU, led by freshman Elizabeth Pennington with 13, as the Pioneers defeated Cameron 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21. With its fifth straight win, TWU improved to 15-7 overall and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

Soccer: TWU drops 1-0 loss to A&M-Commerce on senior night

TWU celebrated senior night but lost to visiting Texas A&M-Commerce 1-0 in front of a school-record crowd of 654.

TWU notebook: Defense, offense shine as TWU climbs standings

After taking three days to fully digest last weekend’s two victories, including a stunning 3-0 upset of No. 19 Angelo State, TWU soccer coach Babak Abouzar liked what he saw from his defense and the foot of Natalia Diaz.

Soccer: Another record crowd sees TWU win against Midwestern State

For the second straight game, a record crowd packed the TWU Soccer Field and watched the Pioneers defeat Midwestern State, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. With the win, TWU improved to 9-5-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Volleyball: Redwine, Santos return as TWU sweeps A&M-Commerce

On their second run through the Lone Star Conference schedule, the TWU Pioneers look to be heading in the right direction with five league matches left.

Softball: Vrazel in Indy as Woman of Year finalist

Bailey Vrazel completed her softball career at TWU in the spring, but the accolades continue to pile up for her.

Soccer: Pioneers upset Angelo State

TWU sophomore Natalia Diaz recorded a goal and an assist to help the Pioneers pull off a 3-0 upset of No. 19 Angelo State on Friday in front of a school-record 526 fans.

Volleyball: Pioneers pop Patriots

TWU defeated visiting Dallas Baptist 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, 16-25, 15-12 on Wednesday night in front of 633 fans at Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU notebook: Blocking game surprisingly a Pioneer strength

Two months ago, before the volleyball season, TWU coach Shelly Barberee figured blocking would be one of her team’s weak areas. Today it stands one of the Pioneers’ strongest strengths.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers tackle TexAnns

Facing their toughest stretch of Lone Star Conference action headed into last weekend’s match against West Texas A&M, the TWU Pioneers knew what each win would do for them.

Women’s soccer: TWU falls 1-0 for third straight game

TWU lost its third consecutive 1-0 game Saturday against visiting Dallas Baptist in a nonconference matchup.

Volleyball: Pioneers rally from 10 down to take final set

Trailing by 10 points in the fourth set, TWU used a huge comeback to capture the set and match against Angelo State on Friday night at Kitty Magee Arena.

Soccer: Pioneers fall to A&M-Commerce

COMMERCE — The TWU soccer team dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the host Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday night at Lion Soccer Field. The Pioneers are now 7-4-1 on the season and 1-3-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

TWU notebook: Barberee: ‘We have to be more consistent’

Given 24 hours of reflection on Saturday’s loss to West Texas A&M, TWU volleyball coach Shelly Barberee was no less frustrated by the 3-2 outcome and how it happened.

Soccer: TWU loses tough  road matchup

SAN ANGELO — The TWU soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss at No. 10 Angelo State on Sunday afternoon at ASU Soccer Complex. The Pioneers are now 7-3-1 on the season and 1-2-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

Roundup: Lady Buffs rally past Pioneers

The North Texas men and women showed at the Chile Pepper Festival that they are able to go toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the country.

Soccer: TWU, Midwestern State battle to 1-1 deadlock

WICHITA FALLS — Sophomore Gabrielle Larson scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute as TWU played Midwestern State to a tie.

Volleyball: TWU rolls past Eastern New Mexico

The TWU volleyball team cruised to a 25-8, 29-27, 25-17 victory over Eastern New Mexico on Friday night in front of 498 fans at Kitty Magee Arena.

Women’s volleyball: Pioneers tinker in sweep

Following a lackluster weekend during which TWU lost contests against St. Mary’s and Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tuesday’s tilt against Henderson State provided an opportunity to evaluate more lineups as the Pioneers search for consistency midway through the season.

Soccer: Larson scores twice in TWU victory

TWU sophomore Gabrielle Larson scored two goals to help the Pioneers to a 4-0 win over visiting Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday night.

TWU notebook: TWU fields highs, lows

In the span of 48 hours over the weekend, TWU learned just how humbling soccer can be, enjoying a record-setting high one moment and a heartwrenching loss the next.

Soccer: Pioneers slip in OT home loss

After picking up their first Lone Star Conference victory at home last Friday, the TWU Pioneers found themselves in overtime against another LSC foe in Eastern New Mexico on Sunday.

Women’s volleyball: Javelinas overcome Santos’ 16 kills

KINGSVILLE — TWU senior Jaqueline Santos posted a career-high 16 kills but the Pioneers fell 25-22, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16 to Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.

Soccer: TWU edges West Texas A&M before record crowd

Two second-half goals helped TWU beat visiting West Texas A&M in a Lone Star Conference opener in front of a school-record crowd of 523 at TWU Soccer Field. TWU (6-1, 1-0 LSC) captured its sixth straight win to set a new school record.

Volleyball: TWU falls to St. Mary's

SAN ANTONIO — TWU suffered a 25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 27-25, 15-10 loss to St. Mary’s in a non-conference match. Three Pioneers recorded 15 or more kills, led by freshman Elizabeth Pennington with a career-high 21. Jaqueline Santos and Mallory Kuechle had 15 kills apiece.

Volleyball: Pioneers sweep Texas A&M-Commerce

COMMERCE — TWU posted a .320 hitting percentage and swept Texas A&M-Commerce 25-18, 25-14, 25-22 on Tuesday night.

Soccer: Larson posts hat trick in TWU victory

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Sophomore forward Gabrielle Larson recorded a hat trick to help TWU overcome a slow start in a 5-0 win Tuesday at Rogers State.

TWU notebook: Tarleton State match galvanized TWU

A strong finish Sept. 16 in a hard-fought win at Tarleton State set the stage for TWU’s successful two-match sweep of its home debut last weekend.

Soccer: Pioneers stun No. 18 St. Edward’s

Sophomore forward Natalia Diaz scored two goals and assisted on the other to help the Pioneers upset visiting No. 18 St. Edward’s 3-1 Sunday afternoon. TWU is now 4-1-0 on the season.