Double-doubles from Bethy Mununga and Elisa Pinzan, double-figures from Sydni Harvey not enough to carry Bulls.
UT Arlington 61, No. 13/17 South Florida 56
USF (5-3), UT Arlington (5-2)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN+
Arlington, Texas | College Park Center
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) (Dec. 2, 2021) — Terryn Milton scored 14 points to lead four in double figures and Texas-Arlington upset No. 13 South Florida 61-56 on Thursday night.
South Florida (5-3), which entered with consecutive wins against AP Top 10 teams Oregon and Stanford, lost for the first time this season against an unranked team. The Bulls previous losses were to then-No. 16 Tennessee and No. 2 UConn.
UT Arlington (5-2) used a 7-2 surge between the third and fourth quarters for a 48-42 lead with 3:35 to play. Milton had four points during the stretch. Syndi Harvey answered with a 3-pointer but the Bulls didn’t get closer.
Claire Chastain had 13 points for the Mavericks. Starr Jacobs added 10 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. De’Sha Benjamin also chipped in 10 points.
Bethy Mununga scored 13 points and had 20 rebounds for South Florida. Elisa Pinzan added 10 points and 11 assists. Harvey finished with 13 points.
The game was tied at 35 with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter. Milton scored four straight points and the Mavericks led the rest of the way.
It is the first meeting between the teams since 2005 and the fourth overall.
Story courtesy of Associated Press. USF athletics communications contributed to this recap.
- Friday’s starters for the Bulls were: G Elisa Pinzan, G Sydni Harvey, W Elena Tsineke, F Shae Leverett, and F Bethy Mununga … The Bulls are 4-3 with this lineup.
- The meeting with UT Arlington marked the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools, with the Lady Mavs evening the series up at two games apiece.
- Bethy Mununga’s 13 points and 20 rebounds mark the 22nd double-double of her USF career … In addition, she grabbed double-figure boards for the 40th time, and 20 or more rebounds for the fourth time in her South Florida career.
- Mununga now has 694 career rebounds for the Bulls – in just 60 career games – six shy of 700 for her career.
- Elisa Pinzan’s 10-point, 11-assist effort against the Lady Mavs was her second double-double of the season, and the fourth of her career – third including points and assists.
The Bulls close out their season-long seven-game road stretch at defending Atlantic 10 champion VCU on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.
South Florida will finally return home to the Yuengling Center, for two straight, beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 15 against in-state foe Stetson for Education Day, with tip-off at 11 a.m. The Bulls will close out the short home short two-game stretch on Dec. 17 against High Point at 7 p.m.
About USF Women’s Basketball
USF recorded its best season in program history during the 2020-21 campaign, all while navigating the unpredictable COVID-19 landscape. In doing so, the Bulls won their first-ever American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and posted their highest ranking in the Associated Press Top25 poll – reaching as high as No. 12 – and made their ninth straight postseason appearance, and sixth NCAA appearance in the last 10 years.
USF has made 16 postseason tournament appearances and had seven NCAA Tournament berths in head coach Jose Fernandez’s 21 seasons. The all-time winningest coach in program history, Fernandez has guided USF to nine 20-win seasons, two WNIT final four appearances, the 2009 WNIT championship, and won nearly 400 career games. For his efforts on the sideline during the 2020-21 season, Fernandez was named a finalist for the WBCA and semifinalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Awards. He was also tabbed the 2021 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
The Bulls posted a 19-4 record and had five players, during the 2020-21 campaign, the Bulls had five players recognized by The American for impressive seasons, including Elisa Pinzan (Most Improved Player, All-Conference Second Team), Maria Alvarez (Co-Sixth Player of the Year), Bethy Mununga (All-Conference First Team), Elena Tsineke (All-Conference First Team), and Sydni Harvey (All-Conference Third Team).
In addition, Harvey was named the American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player and to the All-Tournament Team, while Mununga and Tsineke were also All-Tournament selections.
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