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Mingo to "make an appearance" tonight

Four days since being released from the hospital, Drey Mingo will attend Purdue's game against Maryland tonight.

Mingo will be with the team and coaching staff during pregame warmups and likely will be on the sideline during the game only briefly.

Mingo spent nearly six days in the hospital while being treated for bacterial meningitis. The illness caused damage to Mingo's hearing/auditory system, the school said in a release. The extent of that damage still is being investigated, treated and observed. The release said, "due to the nature of the issue, the final outcome will not be known for several months."

Coach Sharon Versyp said earlier this week that there is no timetable for Mingo to return to the court.

Certainly Mingo wished for that to be tonight against her former team.

Mingo transferred from Maryland and spent last season sitting out because of NCAA transfer rules. She was still able to practice with the Boilermakers, though. Early in her first season, she's the team's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.

Maryland is No. 23 in the country, and Versyp knows her team will be challenged, especially without Mingo's skills.

"We'll do the best we can," she said. "Like I told the kids, what (injured) KK (Houser) and Drey want when you say, 'What do you need?' is just play your hearts out against your next opponent."

Junior Brittany Rayburn said the team is focused on playing hard for Houser and Mingo, but especially the latter tonight.

"For Drey to not be able to play against Maryland is devastating to her. We all know that and want to fight for her," Rayburn said.

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