Jessica Foley enters her final postseason with the Blue Devils, after having a very successful career over the last four years at Duke. The native of Wodonga, Victoria, Australia is one of the ACC’s all-time best three-point shooters and ranks in the top-10 on the Duke career charts for three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted, assists and free throw percentage.
Foley and the Blue Devils will kick off the NCAA Tournament on Sunday against Southern at 7:00 p.m., in Norfolk, Va. Duke is ranked fourth nationally and seeded No. 1 in the Bridgeport Regional. Foley sat down with GoDuke.com this week to talk about the upcoming tournament.
How are you feeling going into this weekend?
I feel great. The energy and excitement levels of the team this week in practice have been very high. I think we are well prepared and ready for the tournament to start.
What's the general attitude of the team?
I think we are confident and ready to give everything in the tournament. We know we need to attack, be aggressive and really take it at every team we face if we are going to be successful this year.
How did the time off last weekend help?
For me the time off was a huge booster. Sometimes you need to step off the court for a minute to mentally prepare for what's ahead. And I think everyone has responded well this week with three great practices in a row.
What did you do to relax / get your mind off the upcoming games?
I had a pretty quiet weekend hanging out with some mates, watching a couple of movies and generally just staying off the court.
Was it harder to get back into a rhythm this week coming back to practice?
No, I was ready to hit the court again. After watching the men's ACC games I was ready to get back out there and compete with the girls.
I understand that your mom and sister were in town for a while. How was the time with them?
Having my mother and sister here was great, I am really close with both of them and it's just nice to be able to bring them to games and have them meet the people of Duke who have made my stay here so memorable.
What was the best part of having them here?
Having mum cook for me was pretty nice.
What are your thoughts on the bracket?
I think we have a great bracket and I am really excited about the possible match-ups with UCONN or Georgia. But we of course are taking it one game at a time and have to get past Southern first.
On playing in Norfolk?
It's nice that we aren't traveling far this weekend and I think we should get a bit of support in Norfolk so I am looking forward to our games there.
You've played there twice before. Do you like playing in that arena?
I'm not really fussed about where we play. Of course we lost there in the tournament two years ago, but I don't think that will have any impact on how we play this year.
What do you think the team will need to do to be successful in the tournament?
We need to rebound the ball and be aggressive on offense.
Obviously, it's your senior year. How do you think your approach to these final games is different than previous games?
Well from here on in every game could be my last so I will be leaving everything on the court.
What are you most looking forward to about the tournament?
I love everything about the tournament. I love watching the games on TV, not knowing who your next opponent is...all of it. But mostly I just want to win it.
What are you most looking forward to after the tournament?
That's too stressful for me to think about yet. I'm not ready to leave, I have unfinished business.