Payne, Buffs Add a Pair of Transfers
BOULDER – A pair of familiar faces will be wearing new colors next year when they take the floor of the CU Events Center. Washington transfers Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler are swapping the purple and gold for the Black and Gold at the start of the 2021-22 season.
"We are thrilled to announce the signings of Quay Miller and Tameiya Sadler," head coach JR Payne exclaimed. "They are two of the best young players in the Pac-12 and I have no doubt that they will positively impact our program."
Miller, a center from Renton, Wash., spent her first two seasons at UW. She started six games as a true freshman and played in 29 in the 2019-20 season. She scored a season-high 13 points and added five rebounds against California (Feb. 2, 2020). She averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in her first season. Miller was the only Husky to start every game last season (21). She was third on the team with 9.9 points per game and led Washington with 6.0 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures 13 times, including two twenty-point games against Portland and Oregon State. Miller recorded two double-doubles last season and averaged 15 ppg in the Pac-12 Tournament, including 11 against the Buffs.
"We recruited Quay out of high school and have always loved what she brings to the floor," Payne commented. "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 guard from Vallejo, Calif., lead Washington in assists (2.4) and ranked second on the team in points (10.4) and steals (1.9) in her first collegiate season. She led the Huskies with a .452 3-point field goal percentage and shot 80 percent (48-60) from the free-throw line. Her 3-point efficiency marked the best by a UW freshman and was the sixth-best in program history. Sadler scored 10 or more points in 10 games last season and hit the 20-point mark twice. She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Nov. 30 after averaging 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and a 60.0 shooting percentage. She recorded her 20-point games in back-to-back contests against BYU (23) and California (21), becoming the first Husky freshman since Kelsey Plum to register back-to-back 20-point performances. Sadler scored 18 points and handed out a season-high eight assists against CU in the Pac-12 Tournament. She averaged 15 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in Las Vegas.
"Tameiya was one of the top-scoring freshmen in the conference this year and she certainly lit us up when we played," Payne recalled. "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.
"Adding quality depth in this offseason was a huge priority for our ball club," Payne noted. "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."
CU finished 12-11 in the shortened season and went 8-8 in the Pac-12. Colorado closed the season with a run to the quarterfinals of the WNIT, winning six of its last eight games of the season. The Buffs have all five starters returning from the 2020-21 season, including WBCA honorable mention All-American Mya Hollingshed and Pac-12 All-Freshman Frida Formann.