|Emma Meesseman Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||May 13, 1993|
Emma Meesseman is a Belgian professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Professional Basketball Player
- Mother – Sonja Tankrey (Former Basketball Player)
She self-manages herself.
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
83 kg or 183 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Belgian descent.
Emma Meesseman Favorite Things
Source – Instagram
Emma Meesseman Facts
- At the age of 16, she started a career in basketball and began playing domestically for the Blue Cats, a club based in her birth town Ypres. She also played for Belgium-based Lotto Young Cats in the EuroCup.
- She was named the Belgium Championship MVP and led the Young Cats to 2 EuroCups from 2010 to 2012.
- From 2014 to 2016, she played for Spartak Moscow during which she competed in 2 EuroCup tournaments. In February 2016, Meesseman was acquired by UMMC Ekaterinburg. With UMMC, she won the Russian National League championship for the years 2017 and 2018. In April 2018, she won the 2017-18 EuroLeague, Europe’s premium basketball for women. At the final tournament, she averaged 19 points and was elected Final Four MVP.
- In the 2013 WNBA Draft, she was drafted as the 19th overall pick in the 2nd round by the Washington Mystics. She was a back-up center on the club’s roster and averaged 4.4 points, 3.1 rebounds per game in 34 games with 1 start.
- She made her first career all-star game appearance after she was voted into the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game.
- In 2016, Meesseman signed a three-year contract extension with the Mystics. The year 2016 turned out to be one of the best seasons of her career as she averaged a career-high 15.2 points per game and led the league in three-point field goal percentage.
- In January 2018, it was revealed that she would sit out the entire season to play for Team Belgium in the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup tournament. Without Meesseman, the Mystics were defeated in a 3-game sweep by the Seattle Storm.
- She made her comeback to the Mystics in 2019 and played throughout the season off the bench. With her impressive contribution and a solid start off the bench, she finished as the no. 1 seed with a 26-8 record and received a double-bye to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, Mystics defeated the Las Vegas Aces in 3-1 scoring, bringing them to the WNBA Finals for the 2nd year in a row. With Meesseman back in the team, she led the Mystics to the WNBA championships after beating the Connecticut Sun in 5 games. She won the Finals MVP, making her the first European player to do so and the 2nd player in the league history next to Lauren Jackson.
- At the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship for Women, she made her international debut representing Belgium in a match against France. In the finals, she led the team to victory with a final scoring of 77-49 over France, in which she scored 25 points and was named tournament MVP.
- During the quarterfinal match at the EuroBasket 2017 against Italy, she scored 28 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 blocked shots. After making it to the top 5 of the EuroBasket Women 2017, the Belgium women’s national basketball team qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Before all these victories, the team had never once qualified for world championships tournaments and Olympic Games.
Featured Image by Emma Meesseman / Instagram