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Makana Stone had 13 points and 12 rebounds Friday in Texas as Whitman remained undefeated. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Ten days off, and still just as red hot and rollin’.

Returning from sabbatical, the Whitman College women’s basketball team rolled into Texas Friday and immediately laid down a beatin’, thrashing host Concordia University 82-55 behind a double-double from Coupeville’s Makana Stone.

The former Wolf tossed in 13 points, snared a game-high 12 rebounds, dealt out four assists, and still had time to pick up a blocked shot and a steal.

With their second non-conference win over the Tornados, who they also beat in the season opener at the Whit Classic in Spokane, the Blues improve to 6-0 on the season.

Whitman, ranked #12 in NCAA D-III, leaves Austin behind, and travels to Belton Saturday.

It faces the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (4-1), then returns to Walla Walla, where it will finally play a home game.

After a seven-game road trip to open the season, the Blues host the Kim Evanger Raney Classic Dec. 13-15, playing two home games against the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Buena Vista University.

Then comes a nearly three-week break before the 16-game Northwest Conference schedule tips off Jan. 3.

Friday night, the game was a little closer than expected, at least at first, with Whitman clinging to a 15-14 lead at the first break.

Then, Stone took over and the Blues rapidly started to pull away.

Scoring eight of her points in the second quarter, Coupeville’s shining star helped Whitman stretch its lead to 34-24 at the half, then 59-37 after three quarters of play.

The Blues got contributions up and down the roster, with Kaylie McCracken popping for 14 points to pace the squad.

On the season, Stone has 95 points, 40 rebounds, nine assists, 11 steals, and six blocks. She’s shooting 38-65 (58.4%) from the floor and 19-24 (79.1%) from the free throw line.

Friday’s game included two career milestones for the former Wolf, as she collected her 650th rebound (she has 652 now) and cracked the 2,000 minute mark (she’s sitting at 2,020).

Saturday’s game against Mary Hardin-Baylor will be the 90th of Stone’s career, and with 1,023 points, she is closing in on 7th place (1,056) on the school’s career scoring chart.

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Tia Wurzrainer and other CHS athletes are organizing a toy drive for children in need. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can brighten a child’s life.

Coupeville High School’s Captain’s Panel, a group of Wolf athletes, is working with the middle and high school ASB groups to run a toy drive through Dec. 13.

New, boxed/packaged toys can be dropped off either at the CHS and CMS offices, or at any home basketball games over the next week.

Those games include:

Sat-Dec. 7 — CHS girls/boys, varsity/JV, vs. Orcas Island (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 11 — CMS boys vs. Sultan (3:15)
Thur-Dec. 12 — CHS C-Team boys vs. Squalicum (6:00)
Fri-Dec. 13 — CHS girls/boys, varsity/JV, vs. Concrete (5:15)

The drive is being run in conjunction with the Readiness to Learn Foundation, Toys for Tots, and other community organizations.

The intent is to help provide toys and financial assistance to those in need on Whidbey Island, while helping Wolf athletes demonstrate service to the community.

The Captain’s Panel is comprised of sophomore through senior CHS athletes, who have been selected by their coaches as leaders, people of character, and highly motivated student/athletes.

Prior to the toy drive, these Wolves also ran sports clinics for Coupeville Elementary School students.

The captains have planned, coordinated, and organized the drive, working with both schools to promote and educate other students to the cause.

If you donate a toy, either at the school offices (501 S. Main Street), or at basketball games, you’ll receive a candy cane, plus a warm glow in your chest.

Or, if you can’t be there in person, monetary donations can be sent to:

Holiday House
PO Box 280
Langley WA 98260

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone has netted 1,000+ points as both a high school and college basketball player. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Four digits, ring ’em up.

Hitting a major milestone Monday, Coupeville’s Makana Stone powered the Whitman College women’s basketball team to its fifth-straight win.

The former Wolf became just the ninth female player in school history to crack 1,000 career points — achieving the feat on her first basket of the night — as she and the Blues rolled to a 71-52 victory against Whittier College in California.

Now 5-0 on the season, Whitman is off until Dec. 6, when it plays Concordia University in Austin, Texas.

Stone, who scorched the nets for 1,158 points during her high school career, has 1,010 points at the collegiate level, with 20 regular season games (plus a potential postseason run) left to play.

She’s #3 in CHS hoops history (trailing just Brianne King and Novi Barron and ahead of all-time Wolf boys co-leaders Jeff Stone and Mike Bagby), and is now #8 among Whitman women.

Entering play Monday with 998 points, Stone tossed in 12 against Whittier, netting that on 5-8 shooting from the floor and 2-3 from the line.

Having passed Lizzy Washburn, who scored 1,003 points between 2002-2006, she has seven players left to chase.

Casey Poe, who was a junior and senior when Stone was a freshman and sophomore, sits at #6 with 1,145 points, while Katie Rubenser (1,693) and Jennifer McClure (1,639), who played together from 1990-1994, top the charts.

Monday night, Whittier came out and drilled a three-ball to open things, then Whitman went to work, using a 10-0 run to retake the lead and effectively ice the win early.

Capping the surge, Stone swished a jumper at the 5:30 mark of the first quarter to reach 1,000 points.

From there, the Blues kept their feet smashed through the gas pedal, turning a 21-9 advantage at the first break into a 37-23 halftime bulge, then a 55-38 lead through three quarters.

Mady Burdett paced Whitman with a team-high 17 points, notching five treys along the way, while Stone, Kaelan Shamselden, and Caira Young netted 12 apiece.

Playing 26 minutes, Stone added a season-high four steals, two rebounds, and two assists to her line on the stat sheet.

Through five games, she’s scored 82 points, snatched 28 rebounds, made off with 10 steals, dealt out five assists, and rejected five shots.

Stone is shooting 32-55 (58.1%) from the floor and 18-23 (78.3%) at the line.

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Makana Stone is off to a 4-0 start during her senior season at Whitman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The spotlight found its star.

Saturday night in California, two undefeated women’s basketball teams went down to the wire, but the squad with the Coupeville connection came out on top.

Throwing down 19 of her 21 points in the second half, Makana Stone gave Whitman College a fighting chance against their host, the University of Redlands.

Then, with the Blues clinging to a one-point lead, the former Wolf slammed the door shut, springing forward and rejecting what could have been a game-winning shot with just five ticks left on the clock.

Elevating at the exact right moment, Stone slapped away Redlands bid for a win, then corralled the loose ball, even as she was roughly knocked to the floor.

Tack on two ensuing free throws from fellow Whitman senior Mady Burdett, and the Blues headed to the door with a hard-fought 79-76 win.

The non-conference victory, coming in night one of a two-game trip to Cali, lifts Whitman to a pristine 4-0 on the season.

The Blues play at Whittier College Monday, then head to Texas for two games, as they play their first seven games away from home.

Whitman’s home opener in Walla Walla isn’t until Dec. 13.

Both teams entered play Saturday sporting identical 3-0 marks, and the game was a beautiful battle.

With Burdett trading three-balls with Redlands gunner Alyssa Downs — the duo finished with 26 and 31 points respectively, while netting seven treys apiece — the squads vied for control of a wild game.

Up 22-17 after one quarter, Whitman found itself trailing 42-37 at the half after Redlands momentarily took control.

That was when the Blues handed the ball to Stone, and let the one-woman wrecking crew go to work.

Pounding the ball inside, Coupeville’s progeny couldn’t be controlled in the second half, racking up nine points in the third quarter, then going for another 10 down the stretch.

With the game knotted at 64-64 headed into the fourth, Stone knocked down the first three points of the final frame, before Redlands surged back to take a 71-70 lead.

Cue Stone running wild through the paint, with three layups and a free throw on the offensive side of the ball and a big block on the defensive side, as Whitman turned the deficit into a 77-71 lead.

Things weren’t going to be that easy, however, as Redlands swished a three-ball, then rattled home two free throws, off a fairly bad call, to get back within 77-76.

Both charity shots bent the laws of physics, popping up, rolling around, then somehow crawling back into the net at the very last second.

With Whitman unable to get the ball inside to its red-hot second-half hero in the final moments, the Blues missed a layup, then a three-ball off of an offensive rebound, giving Redlands its final shot.

Not that the Bulldogs had a realistic shot, as Stone sprang on the shot like a jaguar, sending shock waves all the way back home to Whidbey.

The Coupeville grad finished with nine rebounds, three blocks, and two assists, to go with her 21 points, which she racked up by hitting 9-15 from the field and 3-4 at the line.

On the season, Stone has piled up 70 points, 26 rebounds, six steals, five blocks, and three assists, while shooting 27-47 (57.4%) and 16-20 (80%).

Heading into Monday’s game, she sits with 998 career points, a basket shy of becoming just the ninth woman in Whitman history to top 1,000.

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Makana Stone scores, Whitman wins. End of story. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The battle for Walla Walla goes to the Blues.

Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Coupeville’s Makana Stone, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad clubbed cross-town rival Walla Walla University 78-50 Wednesday night.

The non-conference road win lifts the Blues to a perfect 3-0 as they open the season with seven straight games away from their home gym.

Whitman travels to California next, with games at the University of Redlands (Nov. 23) and Whittier College (Nov. 25), before doing a Texas two-step Dec. 6-7 against Concordia University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The Blues home opener is not until Dec. 13, when they host the Kim Evanger Raney Classic.

Wednesday night, Whitman, ranked #21 in NCAA D-III women’s basketball, led from start to finish.

A 23-15 first quarter lead turned into a 41-26 bulge at the half, then a 56-34 margin headed into the final quarter.

Stone went off for 10 of her points in the first half, then poured in her final seven in the third quarter as the Blues put the game on ice.

Playing just 19 minutes, the former Wolf used her time well, netting six of eight shots from the floor, while ringing up all five of her free throw attempts.

Whitman hit 20-24 from the charity stripe, with Stone and Kaylie McCracken (10-12) leading the way.

McCracken finished with 16 points to give the Blues a nifty one-two punch, while Natalie Whitesel snatched a team-best seven rebounds.

Stone hauled down four caroms, while picking up her first two blocked shots of the young season.

Through three games, the Whitman senior has knocked down a team-high 49 points, shooting a crisp 18-32 (56.2%) from the field and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free-throw line.

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