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Coupeville grad Makana Stone earned her third Northwest Conference Athlete of the Week honor this season after a phenomenal road trip. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

At this rate, they should just name the award after her.

Coupeville grad, and current Whitman College junior Makana Stone was named Monday as the Northwest Conference Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

It’s the third time this season the former Wolf ace has been tabbed for the award, having already been picked Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.

This time around, Stone is being honored for a road trip in which she threw down three consecutive double-doubles while the Blues took over sole possession of first place in their conference.

Whitman bounced Whitworth, Linfield, and George Fox, which was ranked #12 in NCAA D-III ball, running its record to 6-0 in league play, 12-3 overall.

Stone went for 21 points and 17 rebounds at Whitworth, before following that performance up with 12 and 10 against Linfield and 17 and 11 in a first-place showdown with George Fox.

On the season, she is averaging 16.3 points and 9.1 boards a night.

This time around, Stone shared Athlete of the Week honors with Joey Hewitt of Whitman (men’s basketball), and the Whitworth duo of Cameron Lyon (women’s swimming) and Ryan Grady (men’s swimming).

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone delivered 17 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, as Whitman College won a battle for first-place in its league. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They can’t pronounce her name, but they also can’t deny her game.

The announcers working the stream for Saturday’s women’s college basketball rumble between Whitman College and host George Fox University were rabid homers, but they were blown away by Coupeville’s Makana Stone.

They loved her power in the paint. Her speed on the open floor. Her ability to soar above others and snatch rebounds away, then spin and knock down a second-chance bucket.

Even if they kept on saying her first name as if there were somehow an E and not an A sitting there as the second letter.

But, let’s cut them a small break, as they spent the second half all but only weeping into the microphone, as Stone and Whitman decimated George Fox in the biggest game of the season.

It was a match-up which pitted two teams undefeated in Northwest Conference play, though, after a sensational third quarter, only Whitman can still lay claim to a zero in its record.

Busting out 31 points across 10 torrid minutes, Stone and Co. turned a one-basket game into a blowout, rolling past George Fox to the tune of 73-54.

The win, the sixth-straight for Whitman, lifts it to 6-0 in league play, 12-3 overall.

After knocking off the #12 team in NCAA D-III basketball, the Blues sit alone at the top of their league, a game up on George Fox (5-1, 12-3) and two ahead of Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound (both 4-2, 11-3).

While there’s still 10 games left in the conference schedule, including a rematch with George Fox Feb. 8 in Walla Walla, Saturday’s win was huge for Whitman.

The Blues jumped out to a quick lead behind a pair of buckets from Stone, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, then the two teams went toe-to-toe.

Whitman knocked down a jumper right before the first quarter buzzer – after yanking down four straight offensive rebounds – to exit with a 17-15 lead, then things got tense.

With both squads jabbing at each other, neither team could get more than a bucket or two ahead and were tied with under 30 seconds to play in the half.

Taylor Chambers and Kaelan Shamseldin each notched a single free throw to push the lead out to 31-29 at the break, but things seemed set up for a knock-down, drag-out brawl in the second half.

Except only one team came out ready to go in the third quarter.

Whitman struck fast and it struck hard, clamping down on defense, grabbing every rebound and then pushing the ball at the hoop.

With Stone slapping home seven of her points in the quarter, including getting three the hard way on a sensational flying layup and ensuing free throw after being belted upside the head, the Blues went nuclear.

They doubled their point total, using a 31-11 explosion to reduce George Fox fans to a deafening silence.

Two stats stand out in particular.

George Fox was astonishingly bad shooting the ball Saturday, draining just 19 of 76 shots, including missing 23 of 26 tries from behind the three-point arc.

Then, when the ball skipped off the rim, the Blues dominated, pulling down 53 rebounds with Maegan Martin (12) and Stone (11) playing the role of twin titans.

The duo were a powerful one-two combo, both scoring 17 points apiece, while Mady Burdett popped for 13.

Stone added three assists and a steal to her stat line, and, for once, wasn’t picked on by road refs, not whistled for her first foul until the fourth quarter.

On the season, the former Wolf star, who leads Whitman in most major stat categories, has 245 points, 138 rebounds, 25 assists, 20 steals and 17 blocks.

She’s shooting 104-199 from the field and 37-49 at the charity stripe.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone and Whitman College have won nine of their last 10 games. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It could have been a trap game, but they dodged any pitfalls.

Paced by a double-double from Coupeville grad Makana Stone, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad torched host Linfield 73-50 Friday to remain undefeated in league play and set up a battle royal a day from now.

Now 5-0 in the Northwest Conference, 11-3 overall, the Blues head from McMinnville, OR to Newberg to face defending league champ George Fox (5-0, 12-2) Saturday afternoon.

The winner of that rumble will own sole possession of first-place with 10 games to play, a game up on the losers.

Both Whitman and George Fox currently sit two games ahead of anyone else, with Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth in a tie at 3-2.

The Blues, who have won nine of their last 10 games, roared out to a quick 19-9 lead after one quarter of play at Linfield.

Keying things was Stone, who rampaged from one end of the floor to another, scoring six and grabbing six boards before taking a seat after playing the game’s first seven minutes.

Linfield cut the deficit back to eight at the half, but a 24-9 run in the third sealed the deal for Whitman.

The only thing stopping Stone from going on a truly epic tear was foul trouble, as she was limited to just 17 minutes on the night.

Still, she took advantage of what floor time she was allotted, finishing with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kaylie McCracken dropped in 18 points to lead the Blues, while Mady Burdett matched Stone with 12 of her own.

On the season, Stone, who is in the top two in almost every one of the 22 stat categories Whitman keeps, sits with 228 points, 126 rebounds, 22 assists, 19 steals and 17 blocks.

She’s shooting 97-185 from the field and 34-46 at the charity stripe.

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Makana Stone went for a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds Tuesday as Whitman won a big-time showdown. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One big hurdle down, several more to go.

Powered by a ferocious performance from Coupeville grad Makana Stone, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad won a thriller in Spokane Tuesday, knocking off Whitworth University 91-86.

The pressure-packed victory lifts the Blues to 4-0 in Northwest Conference play, 10-3 overall and leaves them in a first-place tie with defending league champ George Fox.

After absorbing the loss, Whitworth (3-1, 8-5) slips into second-place in the conference standings.

Stone, who went off for a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds Tuesday, will lead Whitman into a dangerous doubleheader this coming weekend.

The Blues play Friday at Linfield (2-2, 6-7), before facing off Saturday with George Fox (4-0, 11-3).

Tuesday’s rumble was a slug-fest between two talented squads, and went down to the wire.

Stone iced the game with her final points of the night, when she snared an offensive rebound and powered back up for a game-busting bucket with just 33 ticks left on the clock.

Add another huge rebound, coming off of a missed free throw by a teammate at the 18-second mark, and the former Wolf was a woman on a mission.

Whitman edged out to a small lead (14-12) after one quarter of play, only to fall behind 35-32 at the half.

The Blues promptly doubled their score, however, tossing in 32 points during a wild and woolly third quarter, before hitting big shots down the stretch to hold on for the win.

Stone’s 21 points came on 9-15 shooting from the floor and 3-4 from the free-throw line, while Blues teammate Kaelan Shamseldin drilled five three-balls en route to 20 points of her own.

On the season, Stone, who leads Whitman in 13 of 22 stat categories, sits with 216 points, 116 rebounds, 22 assists, 18 steals and 17 blocks.

She’s shooting 92-176 from the field and 32-44 at the charity stripe.

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CHS grad Kailey Kellner lets fly in a recent college basketball game. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Kellner)

Coupeville, taking control of women’s college basketball, coast to coast.

Playing on different sides of the country Saturday, Wolf grads Makana Stone and Kailey Kellner both put together strong games.

While one of their teams rolled to a big win, and the other was nipped at the buzzer, the spirit of CHS basketball lives large across the USA.

How Saturday played out:

 

Cruise control:

Stone tossed in 10 of her 13 points in the first quarter as Whitman College buried host Lewis & Clark College early, rumbling to a 77-46 win in Oregon.

The victory lifts the Blues to 3-0 in Northwest Conference play, 9-3 overall.

Whitman, which started a four-game road trip Saturday after not playing since Dec. 21, gets a major test next week.

Stone and Co., currently in a three-tie for first place in league play, face Whitworth (3-0, 8-4) Tuesday, Linfield (2-2, 6-7) Friday and George Fox (3-0, 10-2) Saturday.

Saturday’s game was a nice palate cleanser, as the Blues roared out to a 47-20 lead at the half, then gave their bench players plenty of floor time after the break.

Stone finished with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists while playing just 22 minutes on the night. It was her second-shortest stint of the season.

For the year, the Whitman junior has 195 points, 99 rebounds, 22 assists, 18 steals and 17 blocked shots.

 

Heartbreak city:

Kellner singed the nets in New York for seven points, including a key three-ball which helped D’Youville College sprint out to a 12-point halftime lead, but the Spartans couldn’t hold on at the end.

A game which see-sawed back and forth in the final two minutes, with D’Youville tying the bout on a pair of free throws with seven ticks left on the clock, ended on a layup.

Unfortunately for Kellner and Co., that final basket came off of the fingertips of a visiting Penn State-Altoona player, giving the Lions an 83-81 squeaker.

The league loss drops D’Youville to 1-3 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, 4-7 overall.

The Spartans, who are back in action Wednesday against Penn State-Behrend (4-3, 5-8). sit in 8th place in their 10-team conference.

After a relatively mild first quarter, which ended with Penn State up 19-18, the game took huge swings over the next two frames.

D’Youville used a 26-13 surge in the second to build a large lead, then saw most of it crumble away thanks to a 26-15 Penn State run in the third.

Clinging to a one-point lead entering the final frame, the Spartans were outscored 25-22 down the stretch.

Kellner also snagged three boards Saturday, topping all D’Youville bench players in points and rebounds.

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