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Makana Stone drills a jumper during warm-ups. (Photo property Loughborough University)

This one was a slam dunk.

Coming off of her most-dominating performance in England, Coupeville grad Makana Stone was tabbed Tuesday as the National Basketball League Player of the Week.

It’s the third time this season she’s received the honor.

The former Wolf was lights-out Saturday, when she went off for 20 points, 26 rebounds, six steals, four blocked shots, and three assists as she helped Loughborough University top Worcester 73-64.

That victory avenged an earlier-season loss to the same team in a game in which Stone and a fellow starter were fouled out right before overtime started.

Coupeville’s progeny has amassed a double-double in every game she’s played overseas, a big reason why Loughborough is 8-3 overall, 8-1 with Stone in the lineup.

On the season, the American assassin has racked up 156 points, 147 rebounds, 20 assists, 31 steals, and five blocks, while also working on her master’s in exercise physiology.

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Makana Stone (in headband) chases down a loose ball. (Photo property Loughborough University)

She made a very-good first impression.

And then a great second, third, fourth, and fifth impression.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone has played five basketball games for England’s Loughborough University, throwing down five double-doubles.

Now, after amassing 20 points and 21 rebounds Saturday, including hitting a game-winning bank shot with four seconds to play to upend undefeated Ipswich, the former Wolf is once again raking in honors.

Stone was tabbed Monday as the Women’s National Basketball League Player of the Week, the second time she’s snagged that award this season.

Ipswich is the defending league champ and looked like it would keep its record perfect after a three-ball staked it to a late 76-75 lead.

Enter Loughborough’s American assassin, who pulled down an entry pass, used and abused her defender — Gonzaga-bound Esther Little — then softly banked home the game’s final bucket while hanging in the air.

With the win, the Riders improved to 4-2 on the season, 4-1 with Stone in uniform, while sending Ipswich to 6-1.

Coupeville’s progeny, who had a torrid four-year run of academic and athletic success at Whitman College before heading overseas, is among the league leaders in multiple categories.

Stone is tied for #1 in rebounds (16.4 a night), #4 in efficiency (133.0), #5 in scoring (17.0), and #8 in free throw percentage (79.2%).

Loughborough has one game left before winter break, with a matchup against Nottingham this coming Saturday, December 19.

That game will pit Stone against three-ball gunner Mady Burnett, her running mate at Whitman for four seasons.

Together, the duo led the Blues to 94 wins, the most by a graduating class in program history.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone went off in her basketball debut in England. (Photo property Loughborough University)

Hoops queen of two countries.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone, coming off a Hall of Fame-worthy basketball career at Whitman College, made her hardwood debut in England and immediately wowed the locals.

Playing for Loughborough University, the former Wolf threw down an 18-point, 25-rebound, three-assist, three-steal game, leading her squad to a victory.

That performance earned her Women’s National Basketball League Player of the Week honors.

Stone, who is in England to pursue a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, plays for the Loughborough Riders, who held off the Reading Rockets 64-61 Saturday afternoon.

The Riders built a 35-27 lead heading into halftime, then coasted home for the season-opening win.

Throwing down major heat in merry ol’ England is just the latest accomplishment for Stone.

During her time in Coupeville, she was a two-time Athlete of the Year at CHS while playing soccer, basketball, and track and field.

While earning a B.A. in Biology at Whitman, Stone also earned league MVP, All-Region and All-American honors for her play on the basketball court.

She and her fellow Blues from the Class of 2020 went to the NCAA tourney three times, won a league title, and captured more wins than any group in program history.

Oh, and Stone finished as the #5 scorer and #2 rebounder in school history.

While always getting her greatest joy from cheering on her teammates, handing out high-fives at a dizzying rate.


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Whitman senior Makana Stone (23) was tabbed as the Northwest Conference Female Basketball Player of the Week Monday, the third time this season she’s been honored. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

She’s kind of popular.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone was hailed Monday by the Northwest Conference, earning her third Student/Athlete of the Week honor during the 2019-2020 basketball season.

The Whitman College senior tore up the floor in Tacoma this past weekend, leading her squad to back-to-back road wins and sole possession of first-place atop the league standings.

The Blues, ranked #9 in NCAA D-III women’s basketball, are 9-1 in conference action, 17-2 overall.

Stone put up back-to-back double-doubles, opening with a 12-point, 11-rebound performance Friday against Pacific Lutheran University.

The next day against the University of Puget Sound, she was even better, snatching 13 boards, while pouring in 30 points, her collegiate career high.

Stone was one of four NWC athletes honored Monday, as Ben College of Whitworth (men’s basketball), Kelli Callahan of UPS (women’s swim), and Dylan Reimers of UPS (men’s swim) joined her.

Across the 12 weeks of the basketball season, seven female hoops stars have been honored, with Stone and Molly Danielson of Linfield each getting the award three times apiece.

The former Coupeville ace has been tabbed for her league’s top honor in weeks five, eight, and 12.

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Makana Stone opened a new year with back-to-back double-doubles for Whitman, earning Athlete of the Week honors from the Northwest Conference. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Makana Stone kicked off a new year in style.

The Coupeville High School grad was honored Monday by the Northwest Conference as its Women’s Basketball Student/Athlete of the Week.

Stone, a senior at Whitman College, was honored for the second time this season, having already been picked December 9.

She shares honors for week eight of the season with men’s basketball player Ben College (really his last name) of Whitworth and Linfield swimmers Molli Hartzell and Noah Cutting.

Returning from a three-week winter break, Stone threw down back-to-back double-doubles this past weekend, leading Whitman to a sweep over the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University.

The Blues are 2-0 in league play, 10-1 overall, and ranked #13 in NCAA D-III.

Stone collected 12 points and 12 rebounds against UPS, then went off for 14 and 11 against PLU.

On the season, the former Wolf standout is averaging 14.8 points and 8.4 boards a night, both of which tops the Blues stat sheet.

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