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Makana Stone threw down a 20-point, 26-rebound performance Saturday in England. (Photo property of Loughborough University)

The wrecking crew has arrived.

Going on the road Saturday, Coupeville’s Makana Stone delivered maybe her most explosive basketball performance since arriving in England.

The former Wolf went off for 20 points, 26 rebounds, six steals, four blocked shots, and three assists as she helped Loughborough University avenge an earlier-season loss.

Using a fourth-quarter run to pull away in a nail-biter, the Riders exited with a 73-64 victory against host Worcester.

That was sweet payback for an overtime loss in November, a game in which refs fouled out Stone and another key Loughborough player right before the extra period.

This time around, the zebras were more realistic, assessing just two fouls on Coupeville’s progeny as she played all but 35 seconds of the game.

With the win, Loughborough improves to 8-3 overall, 8-1 with Stone in the lineup, and 8-0 in games where she’s allowed to play until the final buzzer.

Saturday’s rematch went back-and-forth until the Riders pulled away in the final nine minutes of the game.

Trailing 21-19 after one quarter, and 36-35 at the half, Loughborough slipped back in front 50-49 headed to the game’s final frame.

Worcester had one last push, briefly pulling ahead 54-50, then fell apart as Stone took control down the stretch.

Pumping in 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, she sparked Loughborough to a 23-10 finish to seal the deal.

The Riders cracked Worcester with a 12-0 run, with Stone banking home a team-best five points during the surge.

She now has a double-double in all nine games she’s played in England, and sits with 156 points, 147 rebounds, 20 assists, 31 steals, and five blocks on the season.

The Riders, who played Saturday without big-time basket producers Robyn Ainge and Katie Januszewska, got 20 points from Molly James and 11 out of Hannah Bird in support of Stone.

Loughborough, which is second in the National Basketball League behind Ipswich (9-1), returns to action next Saturday, March 13, when it hosts winless BA London.

 

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone rang up 12 points and 14 rebounds Saturday in England as her team rolled to a big win. (Photo property Loughborough University)

Three games, three double-doubles.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone continued the torrid start to her overseas basketball career, dropping in 12 points and snatching 14 rebounds Saturday in a blowout win.

Paced by its American assassin, Loughborough University roared out to a 32-point halftime lead, then coasted in for a 72-53 win over Thames Valley.

With the victory, the Riders improve to 2-2 on the season, 2-1 with Stone in the lineup.

Loughborough came out on fire, and never let up against Thames Valley.

Stone picked off a pass on the game’s first offensive possession, one of her five steals in the game, and the Riders surged to a 17-6 lead by the first break.

A 30-9 run in the second quarter, fueled by eight points off the hot-shooting fingertips of Stone, stretched the halftime margin to 47-15 and cemented the win.

Loughborough had nice balance across the board, with Robyn Ainge leading the squad with 21 points, while Molly Jones added 14 off the bench to go with Stone’s double-double.

Coupeville’s progeny played a team-high 31 minutes, and added a pair of assists to top off her performance.

On the season, Stone has 47 points, 50 rebounds, seven assists, 10 steals, and a blocked shot while playing for the Riders.

She and her English mates return to play next Saturday, December 5, when they face off with BA London.

 

 

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Makana Stone goes up for two of her 17 points Saturday in England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

Knifed in the back by the refs.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone and her new English basketball mates were on their way to a win Saturday, only to have the guys in the striped shirts change things up, and not in a good way.

With Stone pounding away for 17 points and 11 rebounds, Loughborough University led by nine with less than four minutes to play.

Then the refs got extra-picky (we’ll assume), fouling out both the former Wolf and one of her running mates, guard Robyn Ainge, and things went downhill from there.

Unable to hold a late lead, the Riders eventually went to overtime with Worcester, then were blanked 15-0 in the extra frame, falling 82-67 to the undefeated Wolves.

The loss drops Loughborough to 1-2 on the season.

The game was a tight one most of the way, with the two squads knotted at 17-17 at the first break.

From there, Worcester pulled ahead 33-28 at the half, only to see Loughborough throw down 27 points in the third quarter en route to retaking the advantage at 55-51.

The Riders stretched their lead all the way out to nine points when Stone tossed in her final layup at the 3:41 mark.

Still up 67-62 with just 30 ticks on the clock, Loughborough was stung at the very end by back-to-back buckets, with a late three-ball forcing overtime.

With 40% of their starting lineup shackled to the bench, the Riders endured a painful overtime period, creating a final score which, at first glance, looks like a blowout.

Worcester took advantage of Stone’s absence, outscoring Loughborough 26-2 after its American ace was sent to the sideline.

Playing in her second game overseas, the Coupeville and Whitman College grad kept her hot play going, with her second double-double.

Stone added two assists and two steals to her 17 and 11 performance, while teammate Katie Januszewska chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds of her own.

On the season, Stone has racked up 35 points, 36 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and a blocked shot.

Loughborough, which plays most of its games on Saturdays, returns to action November 28 with a clash against Thames Valley.

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   Makana Stone is averaging a team-high 16 points a night through the first three games of her sophomore season at Whitman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Call her Ms. Double-Double.

Throwing down like a beast for the second time in as many days, Coupeville grad Makana Stone went for 18 points and 11 rebounds Saturday to spark Whitman College to a huge tourney win.

With Stone controlling the paint and freshman Kaelan Shamseldin drilling three-balls from beyond the arc, the Blues bounced Whittier 64-52 in their finale at the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic.

Whitman, which has played without preseason All-American Casey Poe so far, is 2-1 on the season.

A huge key to that success? Stone.

As a freshman, the former Wolf was a starter on a Whitman squad which went to the Elite Eight of the NCAA D-III women’s tourney. As a sophomore, she is fast becoming the focal point of the Blues offense.

Stone has hit double figures scoring in every game (10, 20, 18) and leads Whitman at 16 points a night.

With her 11 boards, which ties her best single-game college performance, she pulls within one carom (27-26) of veteran Emily Rommel for the team lead in that category, as well.

Her shooting has been locked-in from the opening tip of the season, as Stone is hitting 58% (15-26) from the floor and 86% (18-21) from the free-throw line.

She’s #1 on the Blues in free throw percentage and #2 in field goal accuracy.

That last stat is a little skewed, as the only teammate Stone is chasing, Anissia Hughes, has built her 60-58% lead while taking far fewer shots, hitting 6-10 from the floor.

Playing against Whittier, Stone divvied up her points, throwing down six in the first quarter, adding five more in the third, than closing like a champ with seven in the game-clinching fourth.

Her back-to-back double-doubles landed Stone a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Shamseldin, who hit six bombs from three-point land Saturday, added 23 points.

Whitman returns to action next weekend, when it plays in the Kim Evanger Raney Classic Nov. 24-25. The Blues play Walla Walla University and the Evergreen State University.

Killer Kailey hits the floor:

Stone wasn’t the only former Wolf to play in a college basketball game Saturday, as her former teammate, Kailey Kellner, suited up for D’Youville College in New York.

Kellner netted two points off a jumper, while also piling up a rebound, assist and steal as the Spartans fell 56-35 to SUNY-Canton.

D’Youville, which is 0-3 on the season, returns to action Monday with a game against Wells College.

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   Makana Stone, seen here in action last season, went for 20 points and 10 rebounds Friday as Whitman rolled to a win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

There were Leopards in the gym Friday, but only one true beast on the court.

Playing with wild abandon, Coupeville grad Makana Stone had the most dominant game of her already-stellar college basketball career, throwing down 20 points and snatching 10 rebounds to spark Whitman College to a 93-75 win over the University of La Verne.

The victory, coming in the opening round of the Ramada at Spokane Airport Whit Classic, evens Whitman’s early-season record at 1-1.

The Blues spring right back into action Saturday, when they play Whittier College to close out the tourney.

Stone, who was a starter as a freshman on a Whitman team which went to the Elite Eight of the NCAA D-III hoops tourney, scorched the nets Friday at a rate not previously seen.

At least at the college level.

Her 20 points, which came on almost-perfect shooting (she finished 6-8 from the floor and 8-8 at the free-throw line), was the most she’s scored as a college player.

Stone’s previous college high was 16 against the University of Puget Sound last season.

After warming up with a four-point, six-rebound first quarter, helping the Blues take a 22-18 lead they would never relinquish, the superb sophomore went off in the third quarter.

Pouring in 10 of her 20 coming out of the halftime break, she accounted for almost a third of Whitman’s 32 third-quarter points.

Stone’s 10 rebounds were just a single carom shy of her college best, as well. She hauled in 11 in a game several times as a freshman.

Whitman, which was without preseason All-American Casey Poe for the second straight game, used its inside strength to annihilate the Leopards of La Verne.

The Blues outrebounded their foes 57-20, with Emily Rommel pulling down 16 to go with her team-high 22 points.

La Verne was led by Clarissa Perez, who netted 29, but needed a ton of shots (12-25 from the floor, 1-6 at the line) to get there.

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