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Women’s Basketball

Thursday

Purdue at Virginia Tech

7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum

Internet: ACC Network Extra (ESPN.com)

Records: Purdue 6-1; Virginia Tech 6-1

Notes: This game is part of the women’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge; Tech has won in the Challenge the past four years. … The Boilermakers are coming off a 63-50 loss to nationally ranked Gonzaga in the title game of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida. “They’re very experienced,” Tech coach Kenny Brooks said. “They’re a very physical, athletic team.” … These teams have not met since Purdue beat the Hokies in the second round of the 2003 NCAA tournament. … Tech backup center Alex Obouh Fegue has missed three straight games with a wrist injury. She is expected to return to action later this month. … Tech redshirt freshman Chloe Brooks, who missed part of her senior season in high school because of foot surgery, has yet to play in a game this season. “She’s nowhere near ready to be able to go out and compete at this level, but it was a tremendous breakthrough [last week] where she was able to get out there and practice a little,” her father said. “Very happy for her because it’s been over two years since she’s been able to actually practice.” … Dominique Oden, who earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last year, averages 13.4 points for Purdue. Aisha Sheppard averages 17.6 points for Tech.

— Mark Berman

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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