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   Wolf grad Makana Stone tossed in 20 points and hauled down 10 boards Friday in a crucial win for Whitman. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

If the season comes down to one rebound, start writing thank you notes to Makana Stone.

The Coupeville grad pulled in her tenth and final board Friday with just 15 seconds to play, sealing a nail-biter win for Whitman College in a game with sole possession of first-place in the Northwest Conference on the line.

Stone’s rebound came with the Blues clinging to a two-point lead, and four free throws from Casey Poe later, Whitman had bounced visiting George Fox 77-71.

With their 14th straight win in hand, the Blues rise to 6-0 in league play, 14-1 overall, while George Fox slips to 4-1, 11-3.

Whitman took the battle for league supremacy in large part because it had the two most dangerous players on the court in Poe and Stone.

The All-American senior netted a game-high 29, including two free throws with 10 seconds to play, and then two more freebies with a single tick on the clock.

Poe added five assists, five steals and four blocks as she controlled every aspect of the floor.

Right on her tail came the sophomore sensation from Cow Town, as Stone rattled the rim for 20 points to go with her 10 rebounds. She also made off with a pair of steals.

Whitman, ranked #4 in D-III basketball, led from start to finish, but couldn’t quite pull away from the #25 Bruins.

With Poe (11) and Stone (6) combining for 17 first-quarter points, the Blues stormed out to a 21-12 lead at the first break, only to see George Fox trim it back to five at the half.

The lead hovered in the 7-9 point range through much of the second half, until a late fourth-quarter comeback roused the visitor’s hopes.

Kaitlin Jamieson slashed to the hoop for a layup with 2:33 to play, cutting Whitman’s lead to 72-71, and the home fans went pale in the face.

But never fear, as the Blues defense proved to be the real MVP, holding the Bruins scoreless the rest of the way.

Helping matters was four consecutive missed free throws by George Fox, a surprise since the visitors were a fairly-hot 24-31 at the charity stripe up to that point.

Whitman was on point at the line, hitting 28-34. Poe (13-14) and Stone (6-7) led the way there, as well.

Clinging to the one-point lead, the Blues got a big rebound from Stone, then a solitary free throw from Emily Rommel to push the margin to 73-71.

That set up the pressure-packed final 20 seconds.

The Blues went for the dagger, but sharp-shooting frosh Kaelan Shamseldin clanked a three-ball.

At which point Stone out-jumped the world for the rebound, then promptly fed Poe, who held on to the ball, absorbed the abuse of the quickly-arriving foul and did what she does best — ice games.

Whitman is now off for six days, returning to action next weekend when it travels to Oregon to play at Linfield Friday and Willamette Saturday.

After a strong freshman season in which she quickly became a starter for a team which went all the way to the Elite Eight, Stone has taken her game to another level as a sophomore.

She has 207 points, 98 rebounds, 31 assists and 11 steals, and is shooting 58% from the field (89-153) and 76% from the line (29-38).

Stone tops the team in rebounding and field goal percentage, while trailing Poe by just eight points in the team scoring race.

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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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   Makana Stone (left), here getting pumped up with CHS teammates Mia Littlejohn and Lauren Grove, is off to a strong start as a college player. (John Fisken photo)

Makana Stone and Co. will stay undefeated through at least the end of the month.

With the Coupeville High School grad coming off the bench to bang home seven points and snag eight rebounds Wednesday, Whitman College thrashed host Warner Pacific 78-44 on the hard-court.

The Blues, ranked #25 in the NCAA D-3 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll, exit Portland at a pristine 5-0, and don’t play again until Dec. 2.

What was once a close game became a blowout with Stone playing a key role in the surge.

Whitman broke open a 6-6 game with a 14-0 first quarter run in which the frosh snared three boards, dealt out an assist and pilfered a steal.

Stone was a woman for all quarters Wednesday, adding a rebound and a layup in the second quarter and a bucket in the fourth, while dominating in the third.

She pulled down four rebounds in that quarter, made off with another steal, recorded her first block at the college level and tossed in three points.

Whitman controlled the glass, out-rebounding Warner Pacific 53-32, while also forcing their hosts to turn the ball over 21 times.

Alysse Ketner paced the Blues with a team-high 14 points, while Mady Burdett tossed in 10 and Emily Rommel had nine points and 10 rebounds.

For the season, Stone is proving to be Whitman’s most dangerous weapon off the bench.

She is #5 on the team in scoring at 7.2 a night, #2 in rebounding at 6.2 (she trails starter Casey Poe 33-31 for the team lead) and #1 in shooting percentage.

Stone sits at a crisp 59.3%, having drained 16 of 27 shots from the field.

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