Shanice Clark, a California University of Pa., women’s basketball player dies

By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 18th, 2015 at 4:18 PM EST

The California University of Pennsylvania is mourning the death of one of its student-athletes. Shanice Clark, a 21-year-old, was found dead in her apartment early this morning.

Clark, who was from Ontario, Canada, was found unresponsive at around 3 am in the Vulcan Village Apartments. About an hour later, she was pronounced dead.

Shanice Clark (Photo by California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Website)

Shanice Clark (Photo by California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Website)

The early preliminary medical reports indicate that she choked on a piece of gum when she was sleeping.

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Shanice Clark,” Dr. Karen Hjerpe, Athletic Director, said. “Shanice was a bright student and talented player. Her smile and personality will be missed.”

She was a communication major, who was sitting out this season. She came to Cal. U of Pa. last season after playing two years at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

She played in 24 games last season in her first year at the school. She averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9 minutes last season.

“On behalf of California University of Pennsylvania, I extend my deepest sympathy to all of Shanice’s family and friends,” Interim President Geraldine M. Jones said. “She will be missed by her teammates and coaches, her classmates, and by the entire campus community.”

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