"I had a wonderful experience at Duke, and now, to take my team there on the same field, to play a team that played for the national championship last year — it doesn't get any better than that," Vettori said.
"Can we win? It's the big dance, anything can happen," she said. "Duke probably isn't making adjustments for us. I'm hoping that they are completely overlooking us. They lost early in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, so it'll be almost two weeks since they played."
"We have a plan," the coach said. "And remember, we have nothing to lose."
As Mangione goes, so go the Greyhounds, Vettori said.
"She's a fighter, the playmaker with the soccer mind. She's the engine that keeps us going."
Her father's words of summer still sound in Mangione's head.
Play your game, feel the energy and enjoy it. Because, before you know it, it's all over.
Not if she can help it.
"People look at our 0-7 playoff record and say it's about to be 0-8," Mangione said. "But there's something else my dad always says.