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.

Lone Star Conference

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.

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.