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WNBA News: All-Star to miss season for Mystics

Emma Meesseman will not be suiting up this season for the Washington Mystics.

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Washington will be without a key component this season as Emma Meesseman has decided to take off the upcoming season to prepare for the World Cup with Belgium.

Head coach Mike Thibault stated the following via a press release:

“Emma has played year-round for almost six consecutive years, without time to rest her body from the wear and tear that results from that kind of schedule. In addition, Emma feels that her National Team preparation in August and September, ahead of the 2018 World Cup of Basketball, is a priority for her at this point in her career. We are sorry that Emma will not be with us this season, but we have been preparing for this possibility for a while.”

Meesseman is expected to return for the 2019 season. Last year with the Mystics, she averaged 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.