Several major changes have been made to NCAA women’s basketball for next season. For the TWU Pioneers and coach Beth Jillson, plenty of physical and mental preparation will be done in anticipation of the rules makeover that begins with the 2015-16 campaign.
The TWU Pioneers aren’t afraid to make changes.
Looking back at the long and crazy season that was 2015 for the Pioneers, former TWU softball coach Richie Bruister and a four-game midseason conference series against his team may have played huge roles in TWU’s recording a blistering record in April, advancing to last week’s Lone Star Conference title game and being rewarded with an at-large bid to the NCAA regionals this week.
There was a time this season when the TWU softball team harbored some serious doubts about qualifying for the Lone Star Conference Championship tournament, much less earning a spot in NCAA postseason play.
As today’s Lone Star Conference tournament begins at host West Texas A&M in Canyon, TWU head coach Genny Stidham knows what it takes to succeed in the postseason.
Senior gymnast Kayla Jones and senior volleyball standout Morgan Wilson received multiple awards for their athletic achievement during the 2014-15 school year to highlight the honorees at TWU’s annual athletic awards ceremony on Monday.
CANYON — The TWU softball team swept the doubleheader against the host No. 2 West Texas A&M to capture the series 3-1 Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers won the first game 4-2 before closing out the regular season with an 11-10 win after two lightning delays and a medical delay.
CANYON — The TWU softball team split the doubleheader against the host No. 2 West Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon to secure the second seed in next week’s Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament. The Pioneers won the first game 13-10 before WTAMU walked-off with a 9-5 win in the second.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season and a four-game series at the No. 2 team in the nation, TWU softball coach Genny Stidham wants the focus of her players to be on themselves and not West Texas A&M.
TWU’s Tori Bice has gotten used to pitching back-to-back games of late, and on Saturday in a series-opening doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico, Bice summoned the confidence to boost her team to two more crucial victories as the Pioneers defeated the Zias 8-0 and 5-1 at Pioneer Field.
Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, the TWU softball team stands alone in second place in the Lone Star Conference after last weekend’s series win at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and that would be an enviable position entering the May 1-2 LSC tournament.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — TWU senior gymnast Kayla Jones won the floor title while senior Courtney Cochefski and freshman Madison Nettles finished second on bars and vault respectively at the 2015 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships Individual Event Finals on Sunday afternoon.
Gymnastics National Championships. Lindenwood won the title with a 195.550 while Bridgeport finished second with a 194.675 and Seattle Pacific placed third with a 194.225.
PHILADELPHIA — TWU freshman Alyssa Kelly posted two career highs Friday to help the Pioneers to a second-place finish in the first team semifinal at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.
TWU had an unusual two-week break in its schedule leading up to this weekend’s 2015 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championship and made good use of the time off by focusing on the small details of their routines that could help them be in the running for this year’s title.
TWU entered Thursday’s doubleheader against Cameron with some problems. A sputtering offense and inconsistent pitching saw the Pioneers split their previous four-game series against Texas A&M-Commerce, with their two losses coming via the run rule.
COMMERCE — The TWU softball team split the doubleheader at Texas A&M-Commerce with a 2-1 win in the opener before falling 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap. The Pioneers are 13-16-1 on the season and 5-4-1 in the Lone Star Conference.
After more than two weeks of schedule interruptions thanks to Mother Nature, the TWU softball team resumes play today with a previously unscheduled doubleheader against St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Field.
In the season’s final performance at Kitty Magee Arena, TWU gave its home fans its best effort at one of the most crucial moments of the year.
WICHITA FALLS — TWU junior catcher Laura Mabary went 7-for-10 and drove in seven runs while sophomore Tori Bice won both games to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep against Midwestern State. TWU won the first game 8-5 before winning a slugfest 13-11 in the second.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The TWU gymnastics team scored more than 48.000 in three of the four events and finished with the highest road score of the season at No. 2 Florida in the final regular season meet. The Pioneers posted a 193.400 while the Gators won the dual meet with a 197.900.
If TWU’s gymnastics season was being charted on a line graph, the results would have been on an impressive upward swing until this past weekend when the Pioneers growth suddenly leveled off in a dual home meet against Arizona.
The TWU softball team opened its Lone Star Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep against Tarleton State, 11-7 (10) and 10-2 (5), Sunday night at Pioneer Field.
The TWU gymnastics team started slowly but finished strong, highlighted by career highs from seniors Kayla Jones, Spencer Jones and Stephanie Repp in the dual meet against No. 19 Arizona.
After two tightly contested regular-season meetings, the fifth-seeded TWU Pioneers will face the fourth-seeded Tarleton State TexAnns in the Lone Star Conference tournament at 6 tonight at the Allen Event Center.
With the return of senior point guard Barbara-Scott Kolb from an injury and a full week off to prepare, the TWU Pioneers expect to be at full strength heading into their opening-round game Thursday at the Lone Star Conference tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.