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Makana being Makana. (Photo illustration by FocusHoops)

Right back where she belongs.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone has been almost a fixture on the National Basketball League Team of the Week in her first season playing basketball in England, a proper reward for her titanic two-way play.

And boom, another Tuesday rolls around, and there is she again.

This time out Stone, who reps Loughborough University these days, is being honored for a near triple-double thrown down this past Saturday in a win over Thames Valley.

The former Wolf racked up 13 points, 15 rebounds, and nine steals, while hitting a big bucket late to seal the victory for a Rider squad which is 10-4 overall, 10-2 with Stone in the lineup.

In a nice twist, one of the other honorees is sweet-shooting Mady Burdett, Stone’s former running mate for four sizzlin’ seasons at Whitman College.

Burdett now plays for Nottingham Trent and rippled the nets for 26 points, including six three-balls.

On the season, Stone sits with 185 points, 177 rebounds, 26 assists, 44 steals, and seven blocks.

Loughborough, which has four regular-season games left on its schedule, returns to action this Saturday, April 24, when it scraps with league cellar-dweller Cardiff Met.

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Makana Stone racked up 13 points, 15 rebounds, and nine steals Saturday in England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

She put on a show.

Falling just a single steal shy of recording a triple double Saturday, Makana Stone tore up the blue hardwood at Uxbridge College.

With the Coupeville grad going off for 13 points, 15 rebounds, and nine steals, Loughborough University held on for a crucial 72-66 road win over Thames Valley, keeping the Riders in sole possession of second-place in England’s National Basketball League.

Now 10-4 on the season, 10-2 with Stone on the floor, Loughborough trails just Ipswich (13-2) with four games left in the regular season.

The Riders beat the league leaders the first time they met, and the two squads face off again May 1.

Saturday, Loughborough rode the inside/outside combo of Stone, who controlled the paint, and sharpshooting Robyn Ainge, who strafed Thames Valley from behind the arc.

Dropping four long-range three-balls, Ainge torched the nets for a game-high 28 points, while her running mate slashed through the defense with a bound to her step.

Loughborough held the advantage early, taking a 20-14 lead after one quarter, before stretching the margin to 44-35 at the half.

Thames Valley rallied in the third frame, however, using a 23-16 run to cut its deficit all the way back to a single bucket.

After lighting up the scoreboard through the first three quarters, the two teams turned the final 10 minutes into a defensive battle.

The game was still in doubt deep into the English afternoon (otherwise known as way too early in the morning in America), before Loughborough dropped the hammer.

Stone’s final bucket, a twisting banker in the paint, staked the Riders to a 68-63 lead, before Lauren Dabbs drilled a game-busting trey from the right corner to answer a Thames Valley three-ball.

Ainge closed the game out with a free throw, sending her squad home happy.

On the season, Stone sits with a tidy 185 points, 177 rebounds, 26 assists, 44 steals, and seven blocked shots.

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Makana Stone tears up the hardwood in England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

She’s been a Player of the Week before, but now she’s taking it a step further.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone was one of three athletes recently hailed by Loughborough University in England, named as the school’s Players of the Month.

The former Wolf joins tennis ace Otto Sterner and hockey player Guy Sheldon in being honored by the Loughborough Students’ Athletic Union.

The trio were hailed for having “gone above and beyond and continued to support their teammates, participated in various lockdown challenges and kept themselves active.”

During her time in Europe, Stone has been a steady presence on the basketball court, helping lead the Riders to a 9-1 record in games in which she has suited up.

A three-time pick as National Basketball League Player of the Week, she sits with 168 points, 155 rebounds, 24 assists, 34 steals, and five blocks on the season.

Stone is second in the league in rebounding (15.5 a game), third in efficiency (279.0), fourth in scoring (16.8) and steals (3.4), and ninth in free throw percentage (75.7%).

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Another week, another honor for Coupeville’s Makana Stone.

Like clockwork.

Every week, FocusHoops selects five female players from the National Basketball League in England and honors them for their on-court achievements.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone has been a regular presence on the weekly team — even being tabbed Player of the Week three times — and this time around, she’s right back in her comfort zone.

Despite playing just 22 minutes Saturday, thanks to Loughborough University annihilating winless BA London 76-42, the former Wolf managed to put up some nice stats on the hardwood.

While Stone normally stays on the floor for close to the full 40 minutes, with the Riders up 44 points at one point, coach Quintero Cano seized the opportunity to give his bench substantial playing time.

Coupeville’s progeny used her time well, however, dropping in 12 points, snatching a game-high eight rebounds, dishing out four assists, and making off with three steals.

Stone hit on 85% of her shots in the paint.

On the season, Loughborough is 9-3 overall, 9-1 with the former Cow Town resident anchoring its lineup.

Through her 10 games, Stone sits with 168 points, 155 rebounds, 24 assists, 34 steals, and five blocks.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone collected 12 points and eight rebounds in limited minutes Saturday, as she and her team rolled to a big win. (Photo property Loughborough University)

She came. She saw. She conquered. She sat.

Coupeville’s Makana Stone dominated play in the first half Saturday, then she and her fellow Loughborough University basketball starters watched their backups do the same down the stretch during a 76-42 rout of winless BA London.

The Riders did just about everything right, scoring inside and outside at will, eventually building a 44-point lead before the visitors shaved a few points off at the end.

With the win, Loughborough, second in the National Basketball League standings, improves to 9-3 overall, 9-1 with Stone in the lineup.

Limited to just 22 minutes of action when she normally plays 38-39 a game, the former Wolf saw her double-double streak end at nine games.

Still, Stone’s 12 points was one off the game-high, her eight rebounds was a game-high, and she added four assists and three steals before being prematurely plucked from the game.

BA London could do little to stop Coupeville’s progeny, as she slapped home eight points in the first quarter, nearly equaling her foes as Loughborough bolted out to a 21-9 lead.

Stone’s buckets came on a variety of moves, highlighting all the weapons in her arsenal.

She banked home a bucket, put an offensive rebound back up and in, knocked down a breakaway layup, then split a pair of defenders, slicing to the hoop and tossing the ball high off the glass.

Stone capped a super-efficient 6-8 shooting performance with a pair of quick baskets in the second quarter.

After that, she spent the rest of her time on the floor making John Stockton-style passes and scaring any BA London player foolhardy enough to momentarily think about invading the paint.

Loughborough, which is now off until April 10, had an incredibly well-balanced stat ledger.

Robyn Ainge tossed in 13 points, Stone and Erin Hikin added 12 apiece, and 11 Riders made it into the scoring column, with six notching eight points or more.

Through 10 games, Stone sits with 168 points, 155 rebounds, 24 assists, 34 steals, and five blocks.


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