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Sports Briefs: Jan. 29

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Hockey takes on No. 13 Denver

By Harrison Schwarz, For The Miami Student

Coming off a sweep of seventh ranked University of Nebraska-Omaha, the Miami University men's hockey (9-11-3) team faces No. 13 University of Denver (12-7-5) this weekend in a two-game series. The RedHawks look to continue their three-game winning streak.

Head coach Enrico Blasi gave his take on the team's recent success.

"Every day is an opportunity to get better," Blasi said. "Our focus the last month has been fairly good in practice in terms of working on things. The guys are doing a nice job of, one, being responsible in their actions and being ready to go on a day-to-day basis. And then holding each other accountable on the ice to a standard that we've set for them."

The Denver series marks the beginning of a two-week home stretch that concludes Feb. 6 against St. Cloud State University.

Sophomore defenseman Louie Belpedio looks to continue the recent success from last weekend's games against Omaha into the homestand.

"We want to carry the momentum from last weekend's games," Belpedio said. "We finally had a little bit of a scoring breakout, which was nice. Guys got their confidence up and we just have to carry that over to this weekend."

MU plays Denver at 7 p.m. Friday and at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.

RedHawks seek end to CMU win streak

By Julia Rivera, For The Miami Student

Miami University women's basketball is set to take on Central Michigan University Saturday.

After a win against Buffalo, Miami is 8-10 overall and 2-5 in the Mid-American Conference. The 'Hawks look to end the 12-7 Chippewa's three-game winning streak.

In a press conference on Monday, head coach Cleve Wright said sophomore guard Baleigh Reid will miss the remainder of the season due to an injury. It's troubling news for the 'Hawks, as Reid is the team's highest scorer, averaging 15.3 points per game.

Sophomore guard Kayla Brown came back from an injury last week against Buffalo. She led Miami with a season-high 16 points, hitting 6-of-11 shots from the field. She also had season-highs with six rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action.

The last time the two teams met in a conference game, the RedHawks were unable to finish a comeback and were defeated 72-58. Miami leads the all-time series 31-27, but CMU has won the last five meetings.

CMU's freshman guard Presley Hudson poses a threat for MU. She has been the Chippewas' leading scorer in four of the last six games. Hudson averages 15.5 points per game this year.

Tipoff is 1 p.m. Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Mich.