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How to watch No. 7 LSU women’s basketball host No. 9 Virginia Tech in ACC/SEC Challenge on Thursday night

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After missing the opportunity for a ranked win in the season-opening loss to Colorado, coach Kim Mulkey’s LSU women’s basketball team will have a colossal opportunity at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Thursday night.

The No. 7-ranked Tigers host No. 9 Virginia Tech in the ACC/SEC Challenge in what will be a rematch of last season’s Final Four matchup, which LSU won. The Hokies are led by eighth-year coach Kenny Brooks, and they’re 5-1 with the only loss so far on the campaign coming by four points against No. 4 Iowa, who LSU beat in the national title game last season.

Here’s everything you need to know as Mulkey looks to collect the 700th win of her career in a nationally televised top-10 matchup.

Forward Sa’Myah Smith is out for the season with a knee injury that will require surgery, and Kateri Poole remains away from the team. Angel Reese will make her return to the court Thursday night, per Mulkey.

“Those two players are just so good,” Coach Mulkey said about Virginia Tech’s one-two punch. “Amoore and Kitley are just outstanding players. They’re leaders. You’ve got a big post presence that can face you up and Amoore, I don’t think there’s a shot she can’t make.”

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  • Points — C Elizabeth Kitley (24.3 PPG)
  • Rebounds — C Elizabeth Kitley (11.5 RPG)
  • Assists — G Georgia Amoore (8.3 APG)
  • Steals — G Cayla King (0.7 SPG)
  • Blocks — C Elizabeth Kitley (2.8 BPG)

LSU didn’t look ready to play in its first matchup against a ranked opponent, but this team seems to have figured its identity out a bit since then. Aneesah Morrow is really emerging as a star, and Angel Reese’s return should provide just enough of a boost for LSU to get the win at home.

Prediction: LSU 80, Virginia Tech 78

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