1:00 PM ET, December 17, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- With two losses in its last three games, Arizona State needed a confidence boost and got it against Fresno State.The Sun Devils scored the first 15 points en route to a 79-49 rout of the Bulldogs on Monday.ASU (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) hopes it can carry momentum into a showdown with Texas (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) on Thursday night in Wells Fargo Arena."It's a good confidence-builder," said Sybil Dosty, who led ASU with 13 points and 11 rebounds. "It's a good win to get and go hard at Texas."The Longhorns will be the last challenge in a nonconference schedule that featured four games against ranked teams and a visit to Texas Tech. The Sun Devils typically play a demanding schedule, but coach Charli Turner Thorne said "this is the toughest one I've ever scheduled."Kirsten Thompson and Lauren Lacey each had 12 points for the Sun Devils (6-4), who shot 53.7 percent.Bailey Amundsen scored 13 points and Tierre Wilson added 12 for Fresno State.Arizona State improved to 5-1 at home, with the loss coming to then-No. 18 Auburn on Dec. 2. The Longhorns will present another tough test, but the Sun Devils say they're ready to defend their home court, where they are 59-6 in the last four-plus seasons."I think we do carry some momentum," Turner Thorne said. "And I think we're going to be incredibly locked in for 40 minutes."The Sun Devils were locked in early against Fresno State (2-8). They scored the game's first 15 points, capped by Reagan Pariseau's 3-pointer. ASU shut out the Bulldogs for the first 5:34 and led 20-2 after seven minutes.But that's when the Sun Devils sagged. Instead of blowing out the Bulldogs, they let them back in the game."I'm waiting for us to have a little better killer instinct," Turner Thorne said. "We just relaxed."The Bulldogs, coming off a 43-point victory over Cal State-Bakersfield, took advantage of ASU's sloppy play. Fresno State scored the last seven points of the first half to pull to 42-31 at halftime, and the Bulldogs briefly closed within nine points early in the second half before Arizona State pulled away.Dosty, a junior transfer from Tennessee, went 5-for-5 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.The 6-foot-3 Dosty missed preseason drills with a knee injury and has slowly been gaining strength and confidence."I think her progress is nothing short of remarkable," Turner Thorne said.The early game was part of a school-sponsored promotion to bring local youth to campus. They made up the majority of the crowd of 4,237, the largest this season, and they shrieked throughout the game."I love it, the energy they bring," ASU guard Briann January said.