Dixie State women’s basketball head coach JD Gustin announced on Tuesday the signing of two players for the 2017-18 season.
The Trailblazers added Kristin Baldwin, a 6-foot-2 forward/center from Thatcher, Arizona, who played at BYU-Hawaii last season, and Shandi Bastian, a 5-11 forward from Sigurd, Utah, who prepped at Richfield High School in Richfield, Utah.
Baldwin averaged a double-double as a junior at BYU-Hawaii during the 2016-17 season, scoring 12.0 points per game to go with 10.9 rebounds per game. She scored a season-high 22 points in two different games and logged 11 double-doubles. Baldwin led the Pacific West Conference, and ranked 17th nationally, with 2.5 blocks per game. She was named PacWest Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 20, and earned All-PacWest honorable mention honors. Prior to BYU-Hawaii, Baldwin played two seasons at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, helping the Aztecs to a conference championship and a third-place national finish as a sophomore.
“We are fortunate to add Kristin to our team,” Gustin said. “Her veteran leadership and experience in the PacWest will hopefully help us move our program in a positive direction. She brings a strong defensive presence to the paint and prides herself in rebounding and playing physical. I look forward to seeing her in a Trailblazer uniform.”
Bastian earned four varsity basketball letters at Richfield High School, where she helped the Wildcats to a Region 12 championship and Utah State 3A runner-up finish as a senior in 2017. Bastian averaged 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game during her senior campaign, landing Region 12 co-MVP, second team All-State, All-Tournament Team and Academic All-Region honors. Bastian also participated in volleyball and track, earning state championships in both the 400m and the 4x400m relay.
“Shandi has been a standout athlete in multiple sports, and I'm excited to see what she can do now that she can concentrate on basketball,” Gustin said. “She has a tremendous work ethic and great athleticism, which in most cases is a terrific combination. “Shandi is also a fantastic student and is another player that will represent our program well on and off the court.”
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.