The Washington Mystics announced today that they have re-signed WNBA Finals MVP forward Emma Meesseman. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Emma re-signing is a huge step for our team. Having one of the top players in the world back for the upcoming season gives us a lot of options in how we play,” stated Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault. “It’s a great feeling for a coach to have a Finals MVP and a League MVP in Elena Delle Donne lining up opposite each other on the court. I can’t wait to get started again!”
Meesseman (6-4, 191) posted averages of 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 3.2 assists per game last season while shooting .552 from the field and .422 from three-point range in 23 games (six starts).
The six-year pro helped lead the Mystics to their first WNBA Championship, averaging 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists during the playoffs while shooting .582 from the field and .581 from three-point range. She scored 20-plus points in six of the nine playoff games and ranked in the top 10 in points (fifth), field goal percentage (seventh) and three-point percentage (sixth) during the playoffs. Meesseman was named WNBA Finals MVP after posting averages of 17.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game on .571 shooting from the field and .500 from three-point range off the bench in the finals. She became the first reserve player in WNBA history to be named Finals MVP.
“D.C. is my home away from home, so I am so happy to be back with the team and organization,” said Meesseman. “I look forward to playing in ESA again with the best fans! Let’s get another one!!!”
Meeseman holds career averages of 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 182 career games (130 starts) with the Mystics. She also ranks second all-time in franchise field goal percentage (.521).
A native of Belgium, Meesseman returned to the Mystics in 2019 after missing all of the 2018 season to play for the Belgium National Team. Meesseman was originally selected by the Mystics with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.