Mystics' Emma Meesseman tests positive for coronavirus with Belgium National Team

Tyler Byrum
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Mystics' Emma Meesseman tests positive for coronavirus originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington Mystics star Emma Meesseman has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Belgium National Team announced on Friday

The positive test comes as the team was preparing to head to Portugal for EuroBasket qualification. Belgium was set to play Portugal on Nov. 12 in a bubble environment before traveling to Ukraine on Nov. 14 for another game. Meesseman will not travel with the team for the first contest. It is unclear when she will be allowed to rejoin the team.

Assistant coach Pierre Cornia also tested positive for the virus. 

Currently, the team is atop the Group G standings and on pace to qualify for Euro 2021. 

Meesseman completed the 2020 WNBA season in Bradenton, Florida as a part of the Washington Mystics. There were no reported positive cases from the team during their two-month stay in the 'wubble.'

The 2019 WNBA Finals MVP is set to be a free agent this offseason after signing a one-year deal this past year. Mystics head coach Mike Thibault has stated that the team is willing to designate her as a 'core' player for 2021 if necessary. A 'core' designation gives Washington exclusive negotiating rights for the player's next contract. 

Meesseman did express some uncertainty for the 2021 season at the end of the year and the conflicts that could exist with the National Team and the Olympics. With so much unknown about the coronavirus, she said things can change quickly.