It has been an up and down ride for Alabama women’s basketball so far, and the Crimson Tide’s most recent matchups against LSU and Mississippi State served as perfect examples of the highs and lows.

The Crimson Tide hit its peak on Thursday, defeating LSU 65-51 to bring its record to 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1997-98. At the time it was Alabama’s ninth win in 10 games, and it guaranteed the Crimson Tide would not have a losing record through its first six games of conference play.

“There sure is a big difference at this point when you can go 3-1 compared to 2-2, as in years past,” coach Kristy Curry said after the win against LSU. “I’ve learned over the past 29 years that it is huge.”

By the time Sunday night arrived, any excitement from the win over the Tigers was gone. Not only did the Crimson Tide drop its game at No. 4 Mississippi State 75-61, but it also lost senior Ashley Williams to injury after a scary head-to-head collision late in the game.

Williams was taken off the court on a stretcher, and was sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Curry said after the game that Williams was conscious when she left the floor, but that was the extent of the information given. The senior post player is averaging 10.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

An update on Williams’ status for Thursday’s game against No. 17 Texas A&M is expected to be given on Wednesday.

Overshadowed by the concern for her fellow senior, Hannah Cook had the best game of her college career on Sunday. The experienced guard scored a career-high 25 points against the Bulldogs, making eight of 10 shots, and draining all five of her attempts from beyond the 3-point line. She currently leads Alabama in scoring with 11.9 points per game.

Next up for Alabama is a home matchup with No. 17 Texas A&M on Thursday.