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USF women stumble on road after pair of top-10 upsets

The 13th-ranked Bulls suffer their first loss of the season against an unranked opponent, falling 61-56 at Texas-Arlington.
Bethy Mununga, shown here during a game last season against UCF, grabs 20 rebounds Thursday against Texas-Arlington, the fourth time she has had 20 or more in a game for USF.
Bethy Mununga, shown here during a game last season against UCF, grabs 20 rebounds Thursday against Texas-Arlington, the fourth time she has had 20 or more in a game for USF. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Dec. 3, 2021

ARLINGTON, Texas — Terryn Milton scored 14 to lead four Texas-Arlington players in double figures in their 61-56 upset of the No. 13 USF women on Thursday night.

The Bulls (5-3), who entered with consecutive wins against Associated Press top-10 teams Oregon (then No. 9) and Stanford (No. 7), lost for the first time this season against an unranked team. Their 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. USF’s Sydni Harvey answered with a 3-pointer, but the Bulls could not get closer.

Claire Chastain had 13 point for the Mavericks. Starr Jacobs added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists. De’Sha Benjamin also chipped in 10 points. Senior Katie Ferrell had four assists to become the third player in program history to surpass 400.

Bethy Mununga scored 13 and had 20 rebounds for the Bulls, the 22nd double double of her career. It also was the 40th time she reached double digits in rebounds and the fourth time she has had 20 or more. Elisa Pinzan added 10 points and 11 assists for USF, and Harvey finished with 13 points.

The score 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 was the first meeting between the teams since 2005 and the fourth overall. UT Arlington’s previous win against the Bulls was a 81-54 home victory in early Dec. 1993.

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