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Makana Stone (right), seen back in the day with CHS teammate Lindsey Roberts, continues to tear up the college basketball world. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They coasted into winter break.

Cruising along nicely in the second half Saturday night, the Whitman College women’s basketball team rolled to a 72-49 victory over visiting Buena Vista University.

Led by Coupeville’s Makana Stone, who banked in eight points and snatched eight rebounds in limited action, the Blues improved to 8-1 heading into a 19-day break.

Whitman doesn’t play again until Jan. 3, when it kicks off the 16-game Northwest Conference schedule with a home game against the University of Puget Sound.

Saturday night the Blues were playing their second, and final game, in the annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic, which honors a former Whitman hoops star who died of injuries from a 2007 cycling accident.

Coming off of a 35-point blowout of the University of Maine at Fort Kent a night before, Whitman let Buena Vista hang around for a half.

Up 15-13 after one quarter, then 31-26 at the half, the Blues kicked things into overdrive after halftime, pouring in 26 points in a torrid third quarter.

With the game in hand, Whitman went deep on its bench, giving 15 players floor time, and limiting its starters a bit.

Stone played a slim 21 minutes, but also tossed in a blocked shot and assist to go with her eight and eight.

Mady Burdett led Whitman with 12 points, while Kaylie McCracken popped for 11, and Natalie Whitesel made the nets jump for 10.

On the season, Stone sits with 137 points, 69 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 steals, and 11 blocks.

She’s shooting 55-95 (57.8%) from the floor and 25-30 (83.3%) at the free throw line.

For stat hounds out there, the former Wolf star reached two career milestones Saturday, making her 75th collegiate start (she’s played in 92 games) and collecting her 50th block.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone, here with mom Eileen, is now the #7 scorer in Whitman College women’s basketball history. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

First they honored her, then she impressed them some more.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone was hailed Friday for becoming just the ninth player in Whitman College women’s basketball history to top 1,000 career points, then went out and tossed 12 more onto the stat sheet.

Paced by their senior star, who added 11 rebounds to post another double-double, the Blues blitzed the University of Maine at Fort Kent 84-49, kicking off the 2019 Kim Evanger Raney Classic, and their home schedule.

With the non-conference win, Whitman improves to 7-1 headed into a Saturday match-up with Buena Vista University, which sits at 1-8 on the season.

After that game, Stone and the Blues will be off for nearly three weeks, not playing again until Jan. 3, when they begin Northwest Conference play against the University of Puget Sound.

Whitman began the season with a seven-game road trip, so Friday night was the first chance for its fans to fill the Sherwood Athletic Center.

Those in attendance got to see Stone, who cracked 1,000 points in a win over Whittier College, continue to move up the career scoring chart.

Friday night she passed Mary Kincaid, who scored 1,056 between 1982-1986.

Now #7 all-time with 1,057, the former Wolf ace is hot on the heels of #6 Casey Poe (1,145), who she played alongside during her first two seasons at Whitman.

Katie Rubenser, a star from 1990-1994, is #1 with 1,693 points, and was in attendance Friday for Stone’s ceremony.

Bouncing back from its only loss of the year, which came last week to highly-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor, Whitman took control early Friday and never let go of the lead.

Up 25-12 after one quarter of play, the Blues surged to a 52-25 lead at the half, then took their feet off the gas pedal a bit and coasted home for the win.

Stone played a tidy 21 minutes, adding two blocked shots and an assist to her 12 points and 11 boards.

Four different Whitman players scored in double figures, led by Kaelan Shamseldin, who tallied a team-high 14 points.

On the season, Stone has 129 points, 61 rebounds, 12 assists, 11 steals, and 10 blocks.

She’s shooting 52-89 (58.4%) from the floor and 23-28 (82.1%) at the free throw line.

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Wolf grad Makana Stone scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday while facing the #4 team in NCAA D-III women’s basketball. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You have to play the best to be the best, but sometimes that means absorbing a loss or two.

The Whitman College women’s basketball team scrapped all night Saturday, but despite a splendid 16-point, 13-rebound effort from Coupeville grad Makana Stone, could not take down the #4 team in the country.

That squad is Thomas More College, which went to the NCAA D-III Final Four last year, won a national title in 2016 and entered play Saturday with a 10-0 record.

And, powered by 33 points from Madison Temple, the Saints lived up to their rep, holding off Whitman 80-63 in the final game of the Kim Evanger Raney Classic in Walla Walla.

The non-conference loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Blues, and drops them to 6-3 on the season.

Stone held up well in the spotlight, leading her team in points and grabbing five more rebounds than any other player on the floor.

She also played a season-high 39 of 40 minutes.

For her efforts across two games (she had 25 points and five rebounds Friday against Colorado College), Stone was named to the All-Tournament team.

She was joined by teammate Mady Burdett, while Temple was picked as tournament MVP.

Whitman hung tough with Thomas More, leading early in the game and only trailing 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The deficit stretched out to eight at the half, but a 21-21 third quarter stalemate kept hope alive for the Blues.

It wasn’t to be, however, as the Saints proved to be strong closers, wrapping things with a 21-12 surge across the final 10 minutes.

Stone, who leads her squad in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, has 158 points, 78 rebounds, 13 assists, 14 steals and nine blocks on the year.

She’s shooting 68-121 from the field and 22-30 at the line.

Whitman is off for a week-and-a-half, not returning to play until it travels to California for the UC Santa Cruz Classic Dec. 20-21.

The Blues are scheduled to face Williams College and Northwestern at the tourney, then are off until Jan. 5, when the league season kicks into high gear.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone tossed in 25 points Friday as Whitman College women’s basketball rolled to its fourth-straight win. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Makana Stone has found her groove.

The Coupeville grad threw down 25 points Friday night, missing her collegiate-high by just a single point, as Whitman College women’s basketball crushed visiting Colorado College 99-60.

The victory, coming in the first of two games the Blues will play in their annual Kim Evanger Raney Classic, is Whitman’s fourth-straight and sixth in its last seven games.

Now 6-2 on the season, Stone and her associates return to their home court in Walla Walla Saturday to face Thomas More College.

Whitman came out red-hot Friday and never cooled off, with the 99 points its second-best team scoring performance of the season.

The Blues dropped 107 on Walla Walla College in an earlier game.

It actually took Stone a minute or two to lock in, as she rimmed out her first three shots.

Things changed when she pulled off the kind of play Coupeville fans grew accustomed to enjoying during her prep career, as she picked the pocket of a rival ball-handler, then beat the crowd to the other end for a layup.

After that, Stone was unstoppable, tossing in eight points in both the first and second quarter.

With the game turning into a blowout, she added seven more in the third, then a single basket in the fourth before heading to the bench early.

Stone finished the game 12-18 from the field, snatched five rebounds and added an assist to go with her steal.

It was the fourth time she has topped 20 points this season, and the Whitman junior has hit double digits in seven of eight.

The 25 points was one shy of the 26 she banked home against Montana Tech.

Whitman surged to a 27-11 lead after one quarter Friday, but Colorado stiffened its chin a bit and eked out a 23-23 tie in the second frame.

After the halftime break, it was back to being all Blues, all the time, as Whitman threw down 23-11 and 26-15 runs in the final two quarters.

Four Blues players scored in double figures, with Mady Burdett knocking down 21.

Stone, who leads her squad in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, has 142 points, 65 rebounds, 10 assists, 12 steals and nine blocks on the year.

She’s shooting 62-109 from the field and 18-24 at the line.

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   Makana Stone volunteers to go kick some fanny and take names. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Welcome to beat down city.

With preseason All-American Casey Poe back in the lineup, and Coupeville grad Makana Stone playing near flawless ball, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad was unstoppable Friday afternoon.

Kicking off the Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic, the Blues crushed previously-unbeaten Walla Walla College 81-42 in a game which was over as soon as Stone knocked down the first basket.

The win lifts Whitman to 3-1 heading into another tourney game Saturday against Evergreen State College.

The Blues played the first three games of the season minus Poe, who was working on an academic project, and, with her out, Stone has emerged as a go-to scorer.

That continued Friday, as the former Wolf banged home three lay-ups in the first quarter, then iced four straight jumpers.

Stone, who didn’t miss a shot until midway through the fourth quarter, finished with 16 points on 8-9 shooting.

Poe, who went off for 12 in the third quarter, had a game-high 21. Emily Rommel and Maegan Martin chipped in with 12 apiece.

Whitman put the game away early, cruising in with a 25-9 lead at the end of the first, then stretching it to 46-14 at the half.

From there, the Blues steadily pushed the margin, which reached as high as 42 right before Walla Walla hit a game-closing three-ball.

Through the first four games of her sophomore season, Stone is averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds a night.

She leads Whitman in points (64) rebounds (30), field goal percentage (66% on 23-35) and free throw percentage (86% on 18-21), while also having five assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

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