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Mystics bring back Finals MVP Meesseman

Field Level Media
18 Feb 2020, 05:55 GMT+10

The Washington Mystics re-signed WNBA Finals MVP Emma Meesseman on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the contract is for one year, according to the Washington Post. Meesseman will reunite with league MVP Elena Delle Donne, who signed a four-year deal last week.

"Emma re-signing is a huge step for our team," head coach and general manager Mike Thibault said on WNBA.com.

"Having one of the top players in the world back for the upcoming season gives us a lot of options in how we play. 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."

The 6-foot-4 Meesseman averaged 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 3.2 assists per game last season. She shot 55.2 percent from the field and made 19 of 45 3-point attempts (42.2 percent) in 23 games (six starts).

She averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in nine playoff games, shooting 58.2 percent overall and 58.1 percent from 3-point range. She came off the bench in the WNBA Finals to average 17.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in a five-game series victory over the Connecticut Sun, as she became the first reserve player in league history to be named Finals MVP.

Entering her seventh season in the WNBA, Meesseman has career averages of 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 182 games (130 starts), all with the Mystics. She missed the 2018 season while playing for the Belgium national team.

--Field Level Media

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