The Alabama women’s basketball team’s losing skid didn’t end on Thursday against South Carolina, but there were encouraging signs that better results are on the horizon for the Crimson Tide.

Statistics which coach Kristy Curry calls the ‘effort categories,’ such as shot attempts, total turnovers, offensive rebounds, rebounding margin, and free-throw attempts, were matched or won by the Crimson Tide against the No. 9 Gamecocks. The coach is hoping for a similar effort on Sunday when Alabama plays at last-place Ole Miss, because UA has already dropped three games to teams at the bottom of the league standings this season.

Alabama at Ole Miss
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Pavilion, Oxford, Miss.
Records: Alabama 14-10, 4-7 SEC, Ole Miss 11-13, 1-10 SEC
Radio: 93.3 FM

“You have to understand that every night in this league is going to be a battle, and you have to play your best basketball,” Curry said. “That’s what this team has got to get to.”

It is fair to say Alabama lacks consistency, but Curry chose to use the word frequency after the loss to South Carolina. It’s a slight tweak that emphasizes focus for the full 40 minutes of the game, and ensures her team is playing in the moment.

“Frequency is a skill, and we’ve just got to be more frequent,” Curry said on Thursday. “There are moments where we have to all be dialed in on both ends of the floor. There’s just not a lot of margin for error in this league. If you had this effort on another night, you would probably win some of the games you (didn’t).”

The Rebels are 9-4 at home this season and are led by junior Madinah Muhammad at 17.3 points per game.