Hornbuckle cleared

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this afternoon that Lady Vol sophomore point guard Alexis Hornbuckle had been cleared to play.

"Following consultation with Dr. Robert Ivy, team orthopaedic hand specialist, Alexis has been cleared to play," said Moshak. "She has been active in conditioning and practice for the last three weeks while wearing her GORE-TEX cast. Dr. Ivy has cleared her to play wearing a protective device."

Hornbuckle, anticipated to be lost for the season, was elated at the news. "I can't wait to get back out on the court and join my teammates," said Hornbuckle. "I am excited that I will have the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament."

While the wrist mended, she missed seven games – four in the regular season and three in the SEC Tournament where the Lady Vols were crowned Tournament Champs.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was thrilled with the news. "Emotionally, this is a great boost for Alexis and our entire team going into the NCAA Tournament," said Summitt. "We recognize what Alexis has meant to our team this year and while injured her attitude has been tremendous as she has stayed mentally and emotionally involved in all of our games."

The sensational sophomore guard suffered the broken wrist on Feb. 12 and underwent surgery on Feb. 15 to implant a fixation screw to assist in the healing of her navicular scaphoid fracture. Yesterday, at her regularly scheduled doctor's appointment, her cast was removed and a CT-scan was taken. Dr. Ivy examined her this afternoon.

Two weeks ago. Hornbuckle had x-rays taken and her cast changed on Mar. 1. She was placed in a GORE-TEX cast. She had her stitches removed on Feb. 22 and her arm was placed in a fiberglass cast.

Hornbuckle broke her wrist when she dove after the ball on a hustle play in the first half (3:06 showing) of Tennessee's win over #22/20-ranked Vanderbilt on Sun., Feb. 12 in Knoxville.

Hornbuckle shook off the fall but did have her wrist taped at halftime. "Lex said she was okay She played on sheer adrenaline for the rest of the game. When it was re-examined post game, she was put in a light splint and x-rays confirmed the break the next morning," related Moshak at the time.

She had played in 25 games this season and started in 24. From her point guard position, she led the team in assists with 96 on the season (3.9 apg), was the third leading scorer (10.4 ppg) and second-leading rebounder with 5.4 rpg. Last season as a freshman, she appeared in all 35 games and logged 21 starts while averaging 8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 3.3 apg.

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