Huang voted to All-Big East first team

St. John’s freshman Hui Ping Huang was named to the 2005 All-Big East first team Thursday, the league announced. 

Graduate student Shameka Mitchell, the team’s co-captain, was named to the conference’s second team.

Huang was an instrumental member of the Red Storm squad this season. She played in 101 games this year and recorded eight double-doubles. The native of China posted career highs with 25 kills against Notre Dame on Oct. 8 and 20 digs last weekend against Pittsburgh. Huang leads St. John’s with a .341 hitting percentage with 348 kills. She is also third on the team in service aces with 36 and in digs with 251.

Huang was named Big East rookie of the week for last weekend’s efforts against West Virginia and Pittsburgh. She also received the league’s player of the week award on Oct. 10. Huang is ranked fifth overall in kills with 214 over 50 conference games. She is fourth in the conference in hitting percentage with a .367 percentage.

Mitchell, a Lakeland, Fla., native, led St John’s in games played, kills, and points. She played in 102 games this season and recorded 389 kills (3.81 kills per game) and 444 points. Mitchell was second on the team behind Huang with a .381 hitting percentage. She was also second on the team in blocks with 76 and posted a blocks per game percentage of .075. Mitchell also had 70 digs this season.

The Red Storm finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-8, 9-5 in the Big East earning the squad the fifth seed ranking in Big East Tournament — its first since 1996. St. John’s takes the court against fourth-seeded Cincinnati in the first round of the tournament Friday in Louisville, Ky.