Only three games into the 2019 season and the Washington Mystics are already parting ways with Emma Meesseman again.
Just for a few weeks.
She will be gone for upwards of a month as she plays with Belgium in the EuroBasket Championships. This week she leaves the Mystics to begin practicing with her national team.
Belgium, off of a bronze medal in 2017 and a fourth-place finish in 2018 at the EuroBasket Championships, has aspirations of getting back on the medal stand behind Meesseman. However, they have a tough group with Russia, Belarus, and Serbia in Group D, all teams ranked higher than the Belgians.
The three games that Meesseman played with the Mystics was her first action with the team since September 2017. Missing all of the 2018 WNBA season for rest, the then-five-year veteran was not a part of the Mystics' best season in franchise history. She could be the missing piece to take the team one step further this year.
“It’s great that you know we have our core from last season and then to be able to add a superstar like Emma to that mix is pretty crazy to think about,” Delle Donne told reporters on media day. "When we’re really spreading the floor playing positionless basketball, there’s nothing that fits our system more than Emma’s style of play."
With her back, the team is 2-1, with both wins coming on their home court.
Meesseman has come off the bench twice for the Mystics this year and started for the injured Elena Delle Donne on opening night. The 26-year-old, in her short start, has averaged 13.3 points per game and led a bench squad that contributed to two blowouts.
Group play at the EuroBasket Championships will start on June 27 and end on June 30. This makes the earliest Meesseman could possibly come back to the team is July 5 when the Mystics play at the Las Vegas Aces. That would have her missing nine of the team's 34 games.
But, if Belgium makes a run she could be gone longer as the EuroBasket Gold and Bronze Medal matches are on July 7.
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