Alexis Hornbuckle rejoined the No. 3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team after attending the funeral of her grandmother on Wednesday.
The return of the senior guard put the Lady Vols back to full strength for practice on Friday afternoon. Tennessee (10-1) is preparing for a key two-game road trip to DePaul on Wednesday (9 p.m. ESPNU) and Notre Dame on Jan. 5 (2 p.m. WVLT).
The defending national champion Lady Vols are trying to bounce back from Saturday’s 73-69 overtime loss at Stanford.
“We’re always a work in progress,” UT coach Pat Summitt said on Thursday. “Hopefully our defense and board play will be solid for us as we take the road and play at DePaul and Notre Dame.”