Hornbuckle, Fluker questionable for game

Lady Vol basketball players Alexis Hornbuckle and Tye'sha Fluker are both listed as questionable for Thursday's Kentucky game because of injuries and did not practice Tuesday. If they can't play, Tennessee will be down to eight players for the game.

Alexis Hornbuckle, a sophomore point guard from Duncan, W.Va., has a hairline fracture of her right patellar that she sustained in the second half of the 75-53 loss to Duke on Monday night when she went to the floor hard in the second half.

The fracture of the kneecap is vertical - thus the bone is not displaced - which is preferable to a horizontal one in which the kneecap would be unstable. She will undergo intensive rehab for the next two days, and her status is day to day, according to Jenny Moshak, assistant athletics director for sports medicine.

If Hornbuckle is able to play Thursday she likely would need to wear a knee pad. She has pain and swelling in the knee - which she periodically iced in the Duke game - so she was held out of practice Tuesday evening.

Tye'sha Fluker, a center from Pasadena, Calif., also was held out of practice Tuesday because of pain and swelling in her left knee, according to Moshak. She will be reevaluated to determine her status and also is listed as day to day.

She also will undergo aggressive rehab and remains questionable to play. Her knee pain is not related to a specific incident but more likely the result of chronic wear and tear.

The Lady Vols will take off Wednesday to travel to Lexington for Thursday's SEC matchup.

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