Gymnastics: Pioneers nab 2nd in meet

After claiming a win in their previous meet at home against Centenary, the TWU gymnastics team is starting to show signs of improvement and confidence.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers tame Lions in finale

COMMERCE — TWU sophomore guard Deja Pointer came off the bench Wednesday and scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Pioneers to a 63-53 win at Texas A&M-Commerce in their regular-season finale.

Softball: TWU cancels Spring Fling tournament

TWU has canceled this weekend’s Best Western Premier Spring Fling at Pioneer Field. Ice and snow and the threat of further rain forced the cancellation.

TWU Notebook: Pioneers take dose of confidence from dual dominance

Besides a convincing dual meet win, the TWU gymnastics team got something else that was needed from last Saturday’s head-to-head competition against Centenary: a timely shot of confidence.

Women’s basketball: Equation lacking

As it prepares to enter the Lone Star Conference tournament in less than two weeks, TWU is still searching for the right offensive chemistry. On Sunday at Kitty Magee Arena, the Pioneers had their defensive game in order, holding No. 4 West Texas A&M well under its season scoring average of 78.8 points, but they suffered on offense against a stingy defense, falling 70-56.

Softball: St. Mary’s rattles Pioneers 8-0

SAN ANTONIO — The TWU softball team dropped its final game at the Rattler Invitational to tournament host St. Mary’s, 8-0 in five innings on Sunday. The Pioneers are now 7-10 on the season.

Softball: TWU falls twice to Oklahoma schools

SAN ANTONIO — TWU dropped two games on the opening day of the Rattler Invitational, falling 3-0 to Oklahoma Christian before losing 6-3 to No. 13 Central Oklahoma.

Women's basketball: Mapua’s late layup lifts Pioneers

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU sophomore guard Andrea Mapua came off the bench and scored a career-high 14 points, including the go-ahead layup with four seconds left, to help the Pioneers to a 64-62 win over Eastern New Mexico on Thursday.

TWU Notebook: Saygo, Westerfield take new roles head-on

Until the last few weeks, junior forward Danielle Westerfield and sophomore guard Kenesha Saygo were off-the-bench sparks for the TWU basketball team who got their playing minutes in reserve roles. Now, their roles have changed.

Gymnastics: TWU finishes second in dual meet at Southeast Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The TWU gymnastics team scored a 190.825 and finished second in the dual meet at Southeast Missouri State. The Redhawks scored a 194.675 to capture the meet.

Softball: TWU erupts on offense in Sunday’s two wins

CANYON — For the second straight day the Pioneers’ offense erupted, this time for 23 runs to win two games on the final day at the WT Woodward Invitational in Canyon. TWU defeated Metro State, 13-3, before closing out the tournament with a 10-8 victory against Colorado School of Mines.

Basketball: TWU defense softens late in loss

SAN ANGELO — TWU suffered a 64-58 loss to Angelo State on Saturday.

Softball: Pioneers score 38 runs in winning pair of games at tournament

CANYON — TWU won both of its games Saturday on the second day of the WT Woodward Invitational. The Pioneers defeated Chadron State 22-15 before winning 16-7 in five innings against Colorado Mesa.

TWU roundup: Sancet hits three RBI doubles in TWU loss

CANYON — The TWU softball team dropped two games on the first day at WT Woodward Invitational, falling 9-2 to Adams State and 10-6 to Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday.

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Women’s basketball: Pioneers jab Javelinas in Lone Star Conference showdown

With the visiting winless Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas standing in between the Pioneers erasing a four-game Lone Star Conference losing streak, TWU had to rely on its depth to overcome a lackluster offensive performance.

TWU Notebook: Jones leads TWU gymnastics early in career

It didn’t take long for TWU freshman Schyler Jones to make the first big splash of her collegiate gymnastics career: five meets deep into a season that’s five weeks old.

Softball: TWU softball drops two on the final day of tournament

TUCSON, Ariz. — The TWU softball team dropped both games on the final day at the NFCA Division II Lead-Off Classic. The Pioneers fell to Molloy, 3-0, before losing to Regis, 8-5.

Gymnastics: Pioneer freshman ties for first place

Softball: Pioneers lose season’s first two

TUCSON, Ariz. — TWU opened the season at the NFCA Division II Leadoff Classic and dropped two games Friday. The Pioneers fell to No. 13 Missouri-St. Louis 6-5 before losing 6-5 to Regis in eight innings.

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Softball: Youngsters, transfers look to be key for Pioneers

It will be several months before second-year TWU coach Genny Stidham knows if the mix of players on her roster will gel into a successful team this spring. She says she believes the ingredients are there...

Women's basketball: Pioneers rally but miss layup with chance to win

LAWTON, Okla. — TWU made a furious rally to erase a 13-point deficit in the final minutes but fell short in a 67-65 loss to Cameron on Thursday at Aggie Gym.

TWU Notebook: Saygo, Pioneers endure diminished depth

Until last week, TWU basketball coach Beth Jillson was used to looking down her bench and having plenty of capable reserves to pick from when it came time to rotate players in during a game. That luxury hit a bump in the road last week when an injury and four illnesses thinned out the Pioneers’ depth.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers drop second straight overtime game

TWU sophomore guard Kenesha Saygo scored a career-high 28 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers dropped their second straight overtime game, 82-76, at Tarleton State. TWU is now 12-9 on the season and 5-5 in the Lone Star Conference.

Gymnastics: TWU gymnastics places third at home quad meet

TWU gymnastics team scored a 193.150, finishing third in the quad meet Sunday afternoon in Kitty Magee Arena. San Jose State won the meet with a 194.375 while Towson placed second with a 194.125. Centenary finished fourth with a 188.925.

Women’s basketball: Extra stagnant

TWU has had a knack for pulling out close wins in their first run through the Lone Star Conference schedule, and on Wednesday the Pioneers’ leading scorer had a chance to give them the lead from the free throw line with three seconds remaining.

TWU notebook: Pioneers out to limit runs

Opponents’ scoring bursts aided by lapses in TWU’s defense the last two games have forced the Pioneers to refocus their attention on keeping teams from making runs that land them in quick deficits.

Gymnastics: Pioneer gymnasts fall just shy of win

In their first home meet of the season at Kitty Magee Arena on Sunday against North Carolina State, the TWU Pioneers were led by Courtney Cochefski’s uneven bars performance, but fell 196.175-193.275 despite posting a season high.

Women’s basketball: TWU basketball falls at No. 10 West Texas A&M

CANYON — The TWU basketball team suffered a 80-65 loss at No. 10 West Texas A&M on Sunday evening at First United Bank Center in Canyon.

Gymnastics: Pioneers take third in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. — TWU placed third at a triangular meet at No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday night. The Sooners finished first with a score of 197.850, while Southeast Missouri State placed second at 192.850 and...

Women's basketball: Pioneers win on Spector's late trey

Down one point with 17 seconds to go after two free throws by Eastern New Mexico, TWU coach Beth Jillson didn’t want to take a timeout to allow the Zias to set their defense for the Pioneers’ final possession.She...

TWU notebook: TWU happy for bye with No. 1 Sooners looming

Having a bye in the second week of the schedule is perfect timing for the TWU gymnastics team, which returns to action this weekend with a pair of meets 48 hours apart, including the Pioneers’ home debut.

Women's basketball: Pioneers shock MSU in upset win

WICHITA FALLS — Sophomore center Erin Maxwell recorded her second straight double-double to lead the Pioneers to one of the biggest upsets by beating No. 6 Midwestern State, 57-55, on the road at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls.

Women’s basketball: Aggies pop Pioneers

Riding a season-best three-game win streak during which they outscored each of their Lone Star Conference opponents by double digits, TWU had been hot. But on Thursday against Cameron, the Pioneers couldn’t keep up with the sharpshooting Aggies in the second half and lost 77-65 at Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU notebook: Defensive effort paying off for Pioneers

Like most basketball coaches, TWU’s Beth Jillson knows that occasionally an offense takes an unexpected night off — when shots seem to have a hard time falling.

Women’s basketball: Balanced Pioneers top Angelo State

A balanced scoring attack led TWU to a 68-59 win over visiting Angelo State on Saturday afternoon at Kitty Magee Arena.

Women’s gymnastics: TWU wins opener

SHREVEPORT, La. — TWU opened the season by winning three of four events in both the team and individual competitions in a dual meet Saturday at Centenary. The Pioneers topped the hosts 189.750-186.875 at the Gold Dome.

Women’s gymnastics: Freshman-laden Pioneers vault into season this weekend

It’s too bad that gymnastics uniforms don’t feature jersey numbers, because a game program with a numerical roster would come in handy this season when identifying the TWU Pioneers, who open their season Saturday.

Women’s basketball: TWU picks up road LSC win at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE — Three players scored in double figures as the Pioneers captured a 57-43 road win at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday night. With the win, TWU improved to 9-5 on the season and 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference.

TWU notebook: LSC play continues as TWU stays on hot streak

TWU has closed out 2014 and started the new year — and Lone Star Conference play — with a solid 4-1 record over its past five games and can point to its bench as one of the reasons for their successful stretch the last two weeks.

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Women's basketball: Pioneers nab LSC victory

In their game against Midwestern State on Thursday, the TWU Pioneers won the rebounding battle, but they lost the overall war as they lost their first Lone Star Conference game.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers drop LSC opener

In its Lone Star Conference litmus test, TWU held the Midwestern State Mustangs to 61 points — almost 10 points under their season average of 70.9 points per game.

TWU notebook: Pioneers prepare for Lone Star Conference action

TWU hit the ground running, literally and figuratively, on Monday to signal the end of the NCAA’s mandatory seven day Winter Break and the beginning of preparation for the start of Lone Star Conference play.

Women’s basketball: TWU grounds Flying Queens

TWU’s Kenesha Saygo was scoreless in the first half, going 0-of-2 from the field, but the second half was a different story as she erupted for 15 points — including the final eight of the game — to put Wayland Baptist away and secure a 83-71 victory Saturday at Kitty Magee Arena.

TWU notebook: Pioneers get on hot streak in Puerto Rico

TWU’s trip to Puerto Rico last weekend for two games will be a road trip that the Pioneers are going to remember for a long time and for reasons beyond the fact they brought home two victories.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers hang on for 69-66 victory over Puerto Rico-Bayamón

Sophomore Taylor Nolan came off the bench and led the team in scoring to help the Pioneers to a 69-66 win over the host Puerto Rico-Bayamón on Sunday afternoon.

Women’s basketball: TWU rolls in open-air game in Puerto Rico

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — Four players scored in double digits as TWU cruised to an 80-55 win over Puerto Rico-Mayagüez on Saturday afternoon in an open-air gym.

Women’s basketball: Pioneers fall apart late in loss to UTPB

TWU won the first half against Texas-Permian Basin. The Pioneers outscored the Falcons 35-21, using their aggression to get to the paint and the free throw line, but it takes two halves to win a game.

Women’s basketball: TWU falls despite slowing high-scoring LCU

Against a Lubbock Christian offense that entered Wednesday’s game averaging more than 80 points per game, the TWU Pioneers stifled the Lady Chaparrals to 36 percent shooting in the first half and top scorer Haley Burton to seven points in the game.

Notebook: Transfer Spector becoming a TWU leader

Just six games into the basketball season, it’s becoming apparent that TWU sophomore forward Emily Spector is the perfect transfer — one who makes a seamless transition to her new school and then an immediate impact with her new team.

Basketball: Pioneers hand ECU first loss

TWU sophomores Emily Spector and Kenesha Saygo recorded double-doubles to lead the Pioneers to a 64-55 win over visiting East Central on Saturday.