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Makana Stone scores, Whitman wins. End of story. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The battle for Walla Walla goes to the Blues.

Sparked by a game-high 17 points from Coupeville’s Makana Stone, the Whitman College women’s basketball squad clubbed cross-town rival Walla Walla University 78-50 Wednesday night.

The non-conference road win lifts the Blues to a perfect 3-0 as they open the season with seven straight games away from their home gym.

Whitman travels to California next, with games at the University of Redlands (Nov. 23) and Whittier College (Nov. 25), before doing a Texas two-step Dec. 6-7 against Concordia University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The Blues home opener is not until Dec. 13, when they host the Kim Evanger Raney Classic.

Wednesday night, Whitman, ranked #21 in NCAA D-III women’s basketball, led from start to finish.

A 23-15 first quarter lead turned into a 41-26 bulge at the half, then a 56-34 margin headed into the final quarter.

Stone went off for 10 of her points in the first half, then poured in her final seven in the third quarter as the Blues put the game on ice.

Playing just 19 minutes, the former Wolf used her time well, netting six of eight shots from the floor, while ringing up all five of her free throw attempts.

Whitman hit 20-24 from the charity stripe, with Stone and Kaylie McCracken (10-12) leading the way.

McCracken finished with 16 points to give the Blues a nifty one-two punch, while Natalie Whitesel snatched a team-best seven rebounds.

Stone hauled down four caroms, while picking up her first two blocked shots of the young season.

Through three games, the Whitman senior has knocked down a team-high 49 points, shooting a crisp 18-32 (56.2%) from the field and 13-16 (81.3%) from the free-throw line.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone helped Whitman thrash its cross-town rivals. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Only 3.2 miles separate Whitman College and Walla Walla University.

The difference between the current skill levels of their women’s basketball teams is a much bigger distance, however.

Powered by Coupeville grad Makana Stone, Whitman made that very clear Wednesday night, rampaging to a 107-33 win.

The non-conference victory lifts the NCAA DIII Blues to 1-1 on the season, while the NAIA Wolves fall to 1-5.

Walla Walla actually led for a bit, holding on to a 3-2 lead until Stone slashed through the paint for a layup at the 7:44 mark of the first period.

After that, it was all Whitman, as the former CHS star added a jumper and another layup as the Blues thundered out to a 25-7 lead at the first break.

If the first quarter seemed one-sided, the second frame was a massacre, as Whitman poured in 35 points in just 10 minutes of action.

Up 60-21 at the break, the Blues went heavily to their bench in the second half, coasting home while giving their starters plenty of rest time.

Playing just 19 minutes, Stone finished with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.

She also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Whitman returns to action this weekend, playing at the Whit Classic in Spokane.

The Blues open Friday against the University of Texas at Tyler, then faces Montana Tech Saturday night.

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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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