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Mel Evans, Associated Press
Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen (40) dribbles the ball as Rutgers' April Sykes (24) tries to block her path during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Piscataway, N.J., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. Stricklen had 22 points in Tennessee's 67-61 win. Sykes had 27 points for Rutgers.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For sixth-ranked Tennessee, December has been a time for adjusting on the go.

The Lady Volunteers had to play without their starting point guard during a two-game road trip in the Northeast. Now they must adjust to traveling across the country for a two-game stand on the West coast.

So far everything has worked out for Tennessee (6-2), which got victories against No. 23 DePaul and No. 11 Rutgers. After spending approximately 32 hours in Knoxville, the Lady Vols on Thursday boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles, where they will face UCLA on Saturday before traveling to No. 4 Stanford on Tuesday.

Making adjustments is nothing new to Tennessee, which has been adapting to changes ever since coach Pat Summitt revealed she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia.