Texas Woman's Pioneers

The Texas Woman's Pioneers (also TWU Pioneers) are the athletics teams that represent Texas Woman's University, located in Denton, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. Even though TWU accepts male students, only female sports are sponsored. The Pioneers compete as members of the Lone Star Conference in basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball, and as an independent in gymnastics. The gymnastics team competes in the Midwest Independent Conference which comprises NCAA Division I, II and III institutions.

Texas Woman's Pioneers
UniversityTexas Woman's University
ConferenceLone Star Conference
Midwest Independent Conference (gymnastics)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorChalese Connors
LocationDenton, Texas
Varsity teams5
Basketball arenaKitty Magee Arena
Soccer stadiumPioneer Soccer Park
MascotOakley the Barn Owl
ColorsMaroon and White[1]

Sports sponsored

Women's sports


As an AIAW Division I team in the 1979 Women's College World Series, the Pioneer softball team won the national championship by defeating UCLA, 1–0, in the deciding game, led by pitcher Kathy Arendsen.[2]


The TWU Gymnastics squad has won the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships (non-NCAA) with a record 11 team championships since 1993. The most recent championship in 2018. TWU is the only varsity-level intercollegiate gymnastics program in the state of Texas.

Track and field

TWU won three women's collegiate outdoor track-and-field national championships: in 1969, 1971, and 1973. These included the first (and three of the first five) DGWS/AIAW track-and-field championships ever held.


In 1973, TWU reached the national championship match of the AIAW women's volleyball tournament, only to fall to Long Beach State.




  1. TWU Athletics Brand Style Guidelines (PDF). March 22, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  2. Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahonma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. pp. 45–50. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
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