CU Buffs women’s basketball lands two transfers from Washington

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BOULDER CO – January 1, 2021: Washington’s Quay Miller and Colorado’s Aubrey Knight chase down a loose ball. The Washington Huskies traveled to Boulder to play the Colorado Buffaloes women on January 1, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Washington’s Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler both played key roles in helping the Huskies upset the Colorado women’s basketball team in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on March 3.

Next year, they’ll both join the Buffaloes.

Colorado’s Frida Formann, left, defends against Washington’s Tameiya Sadler during the first round of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Miller and Sadler both announced on social media Thursday night that they have committed to play at CU and a source confirmed that the duo will join the Buffaloes.

Already expected to have a strong team in 2021-22, Colorado is getting even better with the addition of two of Washington’s top players.

In Washington’s 68-54 win against the Buffs in the Pac-12 Tournament, Sadler had 18 points and eight assists, while Miller had 11 points, five steals and three rebounds.

Last season, Sadler was the second-leading scorer at Washington (10.4 points per game), while leading the Huskies in assists (2.4) and steals (1.9). She was sixth in the Pac-12 in steals. Sadler also hit 45.2% from 3-point range (14-for-31) and 80% at the free throw line (48-of-60).

A 5-foot-8 point guard from Vallejo, Calif., Sadler was a freshman last season, but will have four years to play at CU because of the NCAA’s decision to not count the 2020-21 season for eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming out of high school a year ago, Sadler was a four-star recruit and rated one of the top 20 point guards in the 2020 class.

Miller, a 6-foot-3 sophomore center, finished first at Washington rebounds (6.0), second in steals (1.7) and third in scoring (9.9). She was the only Husky to start all 21 games and finished seventh in the Pac-12 in steals and 13th in rebounding.

Recruited by CU out of Kentridge High School in Kent, Wash., Miller was rated as a 4.5-star recruit by Prospects Nation, which had her ranked No. 6 among post players and No. 41 overall in the 2019 class.

Miller played in 50 games over two seasons with the Huskies, and will have three years to play at CU.

This week, the NCAA Division I council voted to allow all players to transfer one time without having to sit out a season, so Miller and Sadler will be eligible immediately for the Buffs.

CU went 12-11 last season, including 8-8 in the Pac-12. It was the first time the Buffs, who placed sixth, finished at least .500 in conference play since the 2012-13 season.

The Buffs are expected to return all nine players who averaged at least 9 minutes per game last year, although center Charlotte Whittaker will miss the 2021-22 season as she recovers from hip surgeries. That made center a pressing need in the transfer portal.

Miller will join a frontcourt that includes Peanut Tuitele and Mya Hollingshed. Sadler joins a talented group of guards, including Frida Formann, Jaylyn Sherrod and Sila Finau.

With the addition of Miller and Sadler, CU currently has 14 players on scholarship for the 2021-22 season and could add one more player this offseason.