Meesseman guarding Maya Moore in 2017
|No. 33 – Washington Mystics|
May 13, 1993|
Ypres, West Flanders
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||182 lb (83 kg)|
|WNBA draft||2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Mystics|
|2009–2012||Iper Blue Cats|
|2009–2012||Lotto Young Cats|
|2014–2016||WBC Spartak Moscow Region|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Emma Meesseman (born May 13, 1993) is a Belgian professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was the 2011 FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year.
Meesseman was drafted 19th overall in the second round of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. In her rookie season, Meesseman was a back-up center on the Mystics' roster, averaging 4.4 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in 34 games with 1 start.
In the 2014 season, Meesseman became the starting center for the Mystics and averaged 10.1 points per game and a career-high 6.4 rebounds per game.
In the 2015 season, Meesseman would play outside her natural position after being moved to power forward in the Mystics' starting line-up to make room for Stefanie Dolson at the center position. Meesseman would have a breakout season in 2015, averaging 11.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, was ranked fifth in blocks per game and also added three-point shooting to her skill set. Meesseman scored a career-high 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds in a loss against the Tulsa Shock on June 19, 2015. She also made her first career all-star game appearance after being voted into the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game.
In 2016, Meesseman signed a three-year contract extension with the Mystics. During the 2016 season, Meesseman would have the best season of her career thus far, averaging a career-high 15.2 points per game and led the league in three-point field goal percentage.
In 2017, after the Mystics traded Dolson to the Chicago Sky, Meesseman continued her role at the power forward spot in the starting lineup. In the Mystics' season opener, Meesseman scored 13 points along with 8 rebounds in a 89–74 victory over the San Antonio Stars. During the 2017 season, Meesseman left the Mystics after the first four games due to overseas commitment to play for her national team during the FIBA world championship qualifying tournament. She returned on May 12, 2017, for practice and was activated to play on the Mystics' roster on June 28, 2017. On July 30, 2017, Meesseman scored a new career-high of 30 points along with 10 rebounds in a 77–70 victory over the Atlanta Dream. The Mystics secured a playoff berth as the #6 seed in the league with an 18-16 record. In the first round elimination game, the Mystics defeated the Dallas Wings 86-76, Meesseman scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. They advanced to the second round elimination game, where they defeated the #3-seeded New York Liberty, 82-68, advancing to the semi-finals, making it the first time in franchise history where the Mystics have advanced past the second round. Meeeseman scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the win. In the semi-finals, the Mystics were defeated by the Minnesota Lynx in a 3-game sweep.
Meesseman's club career began at the age of 16. She played domestically for the Blue Cats, based in her birth town of Ypres, and in the EuroCup for Lotto Young Cats, also in her native Belgium. In her second season with the Blue Cats she was named Belgium Championship MVP, and took the Young Cats to two EuroCups (2010–12).
In 2012, she joined ESB Villeneuve-d'Ascq of the Ligue Féminine de Basketball. In her second year with the club she played in her third EuroCup, reaching the semi-finals before falling to WBC Dynamo Moscow.
With UMMC Ekaterinburg, Meesseman won the Russian National League championship both in 2017 and 2018. In April 2018, Meesseman and UMMC Ekaterinburg won the 2017–18 EuroLeague, Europe's premium basketball competition for women. Meesseman, averaging 19 points in the Final Four tournament, was elected Final Four MVP.
Meesseman made her debut for Belgium at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship for Women. In the final, Meesseman led the team to victory 77-49 over France, herself scoring 25 points, and was named tournament MVP. On November 25, 2015, she scored 31 points, made seventeen rebounds and five assists for the women's senior team in a EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifier against Belarus.
In Belgium's quarterfinal Eurobasket 2017 match against Italy, she scored 28 points, had 11 rebounds, five assists, and five blocked shots.
Meesseman was named to the All Star five of the tournament, leading Belgium to its best ever finish, a Bronze Medal in EuroBasket.
WNBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||League leader|
|Career||5 years, 1 team||159||124||25.2||.517||.391||.843||5.4||2.1||1.0||1.0||1.4||10.9|
|Career||4 years, 1 team||13||10||27.7||.369||.235||.750||5.2||1.5||0.8||1.3||1.5||8.6|
Meesseman speaks fluent Dutch, French and English. Meesseman was also born with 50% hearing. She wears hearing devices behind both ears to compensate for her lack of hearing.
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- Wang, Gene (2017-05-12). "Mystics welcome Emma Meesseman back for first practice". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
- "Recap: Meesseman scores career-high 30 to lead Mystics to 77-70 win". Bullets Forever. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
- Capital One Arena Wednesday, September 6, 2017
- Madison Square Garden Sunday, September 10, 2017
- Emma Meesseman to miss 2018 WNBA season, will return in 2019
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- "UMMC Ekaterinburg acquires Emma Meesseman from Sparta&k". February 10, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "Meesseman Leads All Tournament Team". FIBA Europe. August 14, 2011.
- "MEESSEMAN, THE RELUCTANT BELGIAN STAR". Fibaeurope.com. September 2, 2012.
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- Giannotto, M. (June 18, 2013). "Washington Mystics' Emma Meesseman overcomes hearing disorder". The Washington Post.
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