The Fort Hays State women's basketball team had no trouble adapting to the frenetic pace Cameron wanted to set on Saturday night at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The Tigers handled Cameron's press with ease and burned the Aggies in transition, breaking away for an 89-47 win to close out a two-game weekend set at home.
"I think if I would have been sitting up in the stands, it would have been fairly entertaining, because it was up and down all game," FHSU coach Tony Hobson said. "We knew they would probably pressure us. We didn't know that they would (press) all game if we were successful scoring against it. That's the way they want to play, and I thought we did a good job of breaking it down, hitting the open man and getting real easy shots off it."
Belle Barbieri recorded her third double-double of the young season, registering a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jaden Hobbs and Kacey Kennett added 16 points each while Taylor Rolfs chipped in 11.
Cameron's guards had some success attacking the basket early, helping the Aggies put up 20 points in the first quarter and stay within seven of the Tigers at the end of the frame.
But No. 7-ranked FHSU (4-0) built a 46-31 advantage by halftime before using a dominant 25-4 third quarter to break it open.
"I think we really picked up our defense in the third quarter," Hobbs said. "I think we just got more aggressive with it and that turned in to easy buckets on the offensive end."
After going 8 of 15 from the field in the first quarter, Cameron was just 10 of 47 from the floor in the last three quarters, finishing 29 percent from the field while turning it over 22 times.
"You kind of have to settle in and get used to what they're doing," Hobson said of defending the Aggies. "Their little point guard (Maighan Hedge), she did a good job of breaking us down a couple times the first half. Second half, not so much. The third quarter we completely put the ice on them. They didn't really get any open looks.
"Really locked them down and we got in the open court with the turnovers. I really liked our defensive effort the second half."
Hobbs, a junior guard who transferred to FHSU this year from Oklahoma State, scored all 16 of her points in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter. She went 6 of 6 from the floor and 3 of 3 from behind the arc after halftime.
"I thought her floor game the first half was excellent, breaking the press," Hobson said. "She made some great passes on the other end. She really enjoys just being the set-up man. She doesn't have to score to be effective, but then when she's left open, you can see what she can do.
"I thought she played her best game for us so far."
Hobbs said it's been an easy transition into the program.
"It's gone really smooth for me, and that's a credit to the coaches and the girls," Hobbs said. "They made everything really easy, not only for me, but for the freshmen as well. All the credit goes to them for that.
"I was excited to finally get to play in this gym and get to experience it with all these girls beside me. It's been really great so far."
Kennett recorded five more steals on Saturday, bringing her season total to 15 in just four games.
"She's got a great sense about her and a good mind for basketball," Hobson said. "It's that sixth sense of you know where the ball is going to go and she can anticipate it. She's got great anticipation, and, plus, I think she's just decided that she's going to do it. You know sometimes you just have to decide: my man's not going to the get the ball. She's kind of become our lockdown defender and she's going a great job."
The Tigers shot 47 percent from the field (30 of 64). They had 17 assists as a team, led by Rolfs' four.
"I thought today's game especially helped us, because they were physical," Hobson said. "And the next time we see a press, we're going to feel comfortable attacking it, just with getting a good up-and down game where you get some great conditioning, took a lot of good open shots. And I just love the way we're sharing the basketball. We're passing it as unselfishly as I've ever had."
Fort Hays will be off until Nov. 25, when it is host to Saint Mary.