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Athletics update: Rough week for Pioneers in away competitions

The Texas Woman’s University Pioneers struggled in this week’s athletics games for both gymnastics and softball, ultimately falling to rival teams. 


Texas Woman’s University’s gymnastics team finished in fourth place at the Midwest Independent Conference championships in Normal, Illinois  March 19. Lindenwood finished in first 195.575, Illinois State came in second 195.225, Southeast Missouri in third 194.825, TWU in fourth 193.450 and Centenary College received fifth 188.725.

Freshman Madeline Gose made a career-high 9.925 on beam taking the event title home and tied for the floor title with a 9.875. After a great night of competition, Gose was named the MIC conference’s Newcomer of the Year.

“I am so proud of Goose and her entire body of work so far this year,” head coach Lisa Bowerman said in a news release. “She thrives in competition, and the sky is the limit for her in her collegiate career. This award was very well-earned.”

TWU’s highest scoring event of the night was beam, finishing just .15 behind Lindenwood’s 49.15. Sophomore Daisy Woodring followed Gose’s lead scoring a 9.8 with Junior Isabel Goyco not far behind with a 9.7.

The team struggled to put up high scores on bars, but freshmen Steelie King and Lexi Leake scored matching 9.725s behind Goyco’s lead with a 9.875, contributing to the team’s total score of 47.475.

Bowerman said the team has been working extremely hard and continues to go out and perform at their best every competition.

The team will continue onto the USA Gymnastics National Championship event held in Cape Briardeau April 9.


The Texas Woman’s University Pioneers fell to both UT Tyler and second-ranked Texas A&M Commerce in this week’s away games.

On Friday’s opener game, TWU and UT Tyler held off scoring until UT Tyler Patriots took the lead scoring three points in the bottom of the fourth inning. Despite not receiving a run, Seniors Tara Soloman, Avery Williams and freshman Alexys Ginegaw all made hits for the Pioneers.

In the nightcap, the Patriots added a run to the scoreboard during the bottom half of the second inning after an error. The Pioneers tried to put points on the board during the fourth and fifth innings, but they were defeated when the Patriots added three more points in the bottom of the sixth inning, winning 4-0.

In Sunday’s opener game, the TAMUC Lions gained the first advantage scoring five points during the second inning, adding another two points in the third inning. Senior catcher Taylor Goulet put three points on the board in the fourth inning, inching closer to the Lions five-point lead. TAMUC responded by adding another five points in the fourth inning winning 12-3.

In the nightcap, the Lions edged in front of the Pioneers again at the bottom half of the first inning adding another run in the bottom half of the second inning leading 2-0. The Lions held this advantage till the end, eventually securing the win.

The Pioneers return to Dianne Baker Field for two doubleheaders this weekend hosting Cameron starting at 3 p.m. Friday and Oklahoma Christian starting at noon Saturday.

Deanna West can be reached via email at

Featured image courtesy of Texas Woman’s University Athletics.

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