Washington, D.C. - Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault announced today that Emma Meesseman was signed to a contract extension through the 2019 season. Per team policy, financial terms of the contract were not released.
“We are excited to have Emma signed for the next four seasons,” said Thibault. “She is one of the cornerstones of this team. She has had a tremendous start to her WNBA career, but I feel like she has only scratched the surface. Her game has continued to grow as she has become comfortable in the league and she has physically matured. Last year's All-Star selection proved to her that she can be among the elite players in our league."
Meesseman has averaged 8.7 points and 5.3 points per game over her three-year WNBA career, including 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 2015. Those numbers earned Meeseman her first All-Star appearance and helped the Mystics reach the playoffs for the third consecutive season for the first time in franchise history.
A 6-4 center from Belgium, Meesseman was selected in the second round (19th overall) of the 2013 WNBA draft. That year she was the youngest player in the league at 19 and played in every game. During her sophomore campaign, Meesseman started every game and was a candidate for Most Improved Player of the Year.
Meesseman has also had a successful international career and is a member of the Belgium National team. She was named MVP of the Belgium Championship in 2011 and led her team to two EuroCup appearances. She recently played for Spartak Moscow, one of the most successful European franchises where she averaged 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game before being traded to powerhouse UMMC Ekaterinburg where she will compete for the EuroLeague Championship.
The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2016 season at home against conference rival New York Liberty on Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. The team will have a three-game home stand to start the season with games against the league’s newest team, the Dallas Wings, on May 18 and the Los Angeles Sparks on May 20. Season tickets for the 2016 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.
The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and Verizon Center, the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex– the training facility for the Washington Capitals and EagleBank arena at George Mason University.