The Crimson Tide is looking to get its statement win of the season against the No. 6 ranked Mississippi Bulldogs this Sunday at Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama (11-10) is looking to rid themselves of consistency issues. The team has beat ranked competition such as No. 20 Tennessee by 21 while also losing to unranked Texas A&M by a score of 70-43.am
Bama is looking to play up to their competition against a 20-1 Bulldogs team. Mississippi State is ranked in the top 25 in assists, blocks, field goal, and three-point percentages.
One advantage the Tide could have if they play their cards right is a full week break between this Sunday’s game and their five-point win on the road against Georgia last Sunday. It was the team’s first win in Athens since 1997.
“We have had a really good week. Obviously being our bye week, it has been a chance to get healthier, rest up, and really prepare. Two areas we have really worked on are making easy baskets so we have got to stop missing layups and then taking care of the ball,” said coach Kristy Curry.
Bama’s struggles in the paint could be an issue for a team playing the third-ranked team in the country in blocks. The higher point of emphasis, however, is consistency.
“That is the goal – to be consistent. Those are the habits that your form every day as a person and as a player and that’s on the court and off the court. If we can carry the energy we had this week, then we can continue to be successful,” said Curry.
For much of Bama’s team, this will be the biggest game of their playing career. The team currently six freshmen on the roster, which will be difficult for the team even at home, where they boast an 8-2 record on the season.
In addition to bringing consistent energy, the Tide’s young players must also execute the Xs and Os to near perfection come Sunday.
“College is more fast-paced. Girls are bigger and stronger so adjusting and soaking up what coach and the older girls have been telling me and doing the best I can,” said freshman guard Megan Abrams.
Alabama comes into Sunday’s matchup 11th in the SEC with a lot to prove as they have entered the bulk of their SEC schedule. The team has the 44th most difficult schedule in the NCAA so this upcoming game will at least knock out the hardest task.
The game is set for a 12 p.m. tip-off at Coleman Coliseum on Sunday.
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