CU Buffs women’s basketball officially adds two transfers

Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler leaving Washington to join Payne’s squad

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BOULDER CO – January 1, 2021: Colorado’s Charlotte Whittaker shoots over Washington’s Quay Miller. The Washington Huskies traveled to Boulder to play the Colorado Buffaloes women on January 1, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

The Colorado women’s basketball team officially announced on Friday the addition of two transfers from a Pac-12 rival.

Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler, who played key roles in helping Washington upset the Buffaloes in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament last month, are both transferring to CU.

Miller and Sadler both announced their commitment to CU on social media Thursday night and CU made it official on Friday.

“We are thrilled to announce the signings of Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler,” head coach JR Payne said in a press release. “They are two of the best young players in the Pac-12 and I have no doubt that they will positively impact our program.

“Adding quality depth in this offseason was a huge priority for our ball club. We certainly have done that with Quay and Tameiya. They know the Pac-12 and understand what it takes to be successful in the conference. I know that Buff fans will love watching them play for years to come.”

A 6-foot-3 sophomore center, Miller started all 21 games for the Huskies last season, finishing first on the team in rebounds (6.0 per game), second in steals (1.7) and third in points (9.9). She was seventh in the Pac-12 in steals and 13th in rebounds.

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.

While at 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.

“We recruited Quay out of high school and have always loved what she brings to the floor,” Payne said. “She’s a versatile scoring punch. Has tremendous rebounding ability and is someone who can defend any player on the court. We can’t wait to add her to our ball club for the next three years.”

Sadler, a 5-foot-8 freshman point guard, finished second at Washington in scoring last season (10.4 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).

Coming out of high school a year ago, Sadler, from Vallejo, Calif., was a four-star recruit and rated one of the top 20 point guards in the 2020 class. She averaged 16.3 points in three games against the Buffs.

“Tameiya was one of the top-scoring freshmen in the conference this year and she certainly lit us up when we played,” Payne said. “It will be great to have her playing in the black and gold this year. I love Tameiya’s competitive spirit and know that her varied skill set will add depth and a scoring punch on the offensive side of the floor.”

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

CU went 12-11 last season, including 8-8 in the Pac-12 and 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.

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.