Shonica Tunstall: 1970-2005

Sept. 8, 2005

Providence, RI - The entire Brown University community is saddened by the passing of Shonica Tunstall '92, who succumbed to cancer at age 34 this week, following a long battle with the disease.

Tunstall touched the lives of many at Brown as a four-year standout on the basketball team from 1988-1992, an assistant basketball coach for the Bears from 1993-1995, and as an admissions officer at Brown for the last 10 years.

Tunstall captained Brown's 1991-92 Ivy Championship team and was also named to the All-Ivy First Team that season. The 1991-92 team still holds the school record for wins in a season with 22 while being named the Rhode Island Division I Player of the Year.

A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Tunstall is one of 13 players in women's basketball history at Brown to score over 1,000 points, finishing her career with 1,036 points. As a senior, she led the Ivy League in rebounding with 10.2 per game and was ranked as high as 21st nationally during the season. One of the program's top free throw shooters, Tunstall ranks third in career free throw percentage. While at Brown, she received the Eva A. Moore Award for campus leadership.

As an assistant basketball coach at Brown, Tunstall helped mentor the Bears to the 1994 Ivy League championship and their first ever NCAA Playoff appearance.

Tunstall changed careers and became an admissions officer at Brown in 1996. She was the Associate Director of Admissions at the university for the last several years.