Women's Basketball


Women’s Basketball Adds Two Players for 2018-19

Nov. 10, 2017

DENVER – The University of Denver women’s basketball head coach Jim Turgeon announced the signing of two players for the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday.  Tsimba Malonga (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Sydney Mech (Englewood, Colo.) have each signed their national letters of intent to continue both their academic and athletic careers at DU.

“I’m very excited about Sydney and Tsimba as they are both athletic and skilled,” said Turgeon. “When I started here, I had a vision of how we were going to recruit to rebuild this program, and Sydney and Tsimba fit the vision perfectly.”

Tsimba Malonga

Malonga will join the Pioneers out of Bolingbrook, Ill. and the Benet Academy. The 5-foot-7 guard brings skill, strong ball-handling and a 3-point shot to the squad. Malonga was named Naperville Sun All-Area First Team, ESCC All-Conference and AP All-State Honorable Mention.

Turgeon on Malonga:

“To me the most important position in turning a program around is the point guard position. When I saw Tsimba play for the first time in person I was blown away by her skill level and athleticism.  She is going to be able to push the ball in transition like I want to, but also can knock down the 3-point shot.” 

On why Malonga picked Denver:

“Because of the high academics and the people I will be surrounded by, and I like a family environment. I believe in Coach Turgeon's plan on changing the program around and I wanted to be a part of that. He also has some pretty cool assistant coaches.”

Sydney Mech



Mech comes to the Crimson and Gold from just down the road at Cherry Creek High School. The tall 6-foot-1 guard can also play the forward position. In her previous three seasons at Cherry Creek, the Bruin has tallied 7.6 points per game, as well as pulled down 3.5 boards. As a sophomore, Mech was named first-team all-league and was a Colorado All-State Honorable Mention.

Turgeon on Mech:

“When I was hired for this job at Denver, one of my goals was to recruit Denver and the state of Colorado. When I saw Sydney play last spring, I just knew she would fit in perfectly to our basketball program. She’s a good student, a good person, and can play the style of basketball that we are going to incorporate here.”

On why Mech chose Denver:

“I love the coaches and the location. The school was a great fit academically and I felt as though I could succeed there.”

Denver heads to Air Force on Nov. 10 to start the season.



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