Friday, December 28, 2007

Hornbuckle loses grandmother; senior will rejoin team later

The No. 3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols returned to practice at Pratt Pavilion shorthanded on Thursday night.

Alexis Hornbuckle still hasn’t rejoined the team after learning of the death of her grandmother late Saturday night. The senior guard didn’t find out about the death in the family until after Tennessee’s 73-69 overtime loss at Stanford.

The funeral was held Wednesday, but burial is out of state and UT coach Pat Summitt wasn’t sure when Hornbuckle would rejoin the team.

Also missing the brief workout were Vicki Baugh and Alberta Auguste. Their post-holiday flights weren’t scheduled to return to Knoxville until late Thursday night.

The Lady Vols (10-1) return to practice at 1 p.m. today and depart for Chicago on Monday.

Tennessee faces its second consecutive tough road trip with a Jan. 2 game at DePaul (9 p.m. on ESPNU) and a Jan. 5 game at Notre Dame (2 p.m. on WVLT).

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