Meesseman is praised, but not for her offensive weapons in the WNBA: "A lot of things Emma does, you don't see immediately"

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The Chicago Sky are currently second in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference, with nine wins in 13 games. Thanks in part to the input of Emma Meesseman.

Vincent Van Genechten

Chicago was just too strong for New York on Sunday night, thanks to 20 points and a winning three-pointer from Courtney Vandersloot. Meesseman handed out the ‘pre-assist’ to Candace Parker, who found Vandersloot just behind the three-point line. Bingo.

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The Belgian Cat currently averages 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Highlighting her 26 points against Connecticut Sun, a title rival.

But anyone who thinks Meesseman is primarily an offensive weapon should think twice. Our compatriot is also a great added value for Chicago on a defensive level. For example, she is on more than two steals per game and she blocks at least one shot attempt every match. But statistics do not do Meesseman enough justice in this area.

“A lot of things Emma does for us you don’t see on the game sheet,” said Sky coach James Wade earlier this season. “You can see how she helps us get other teams out of their comfort zone. It’s how we play as a team. If we keep doing the things we’re doing defensively, Emma is someone who can join in for Defensive Player of the Year

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The Chicago Sun even published an article this weekend with the title: “Is it too early to consider Emma Meesseman as the best defender in the WNBA?” Club watcher Annie Costabile then explains in great detail what makes the Belgian Cat so good on the defensive level.

“It’s not that difficult to see Meesseman in an attacking way,” said the American. “How she moves the ball, creates spaces, puts screens and frees herself for an open shot… It’s very fascinating. She moves like water and always punishes defensive mistakes. Her defensive impact is equally important, but more subtle. The numbers aren’t always there, but she is third with 2.1 steals per game. However, it is mainly Meessemans qualities that can make her Defensive Player of the Year. Her instincts, reading the attack, her active hands that earn her own team points… Chicago’s height allows her to go for steals. Meesseman knows that her teammates will cover her if necessary.”

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