Teri Moren and Indiana Women's basketball look to start a new winning streak and win the Barn Burner Trophy.

After a dominant win against Minnesota, Indiana Women's Basketball looks to defeat the rival Boilermakers in West Lafayette for the Barn Burner Trophy.
Indiana's Sydney Parrish (33) gets the rebound during the second half of the Indiana versus Minnesota.
Indiana's Sydney Parrish (33) gets the rebound during the second half of the Indiana versus Minnesota. / Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times / USA TODAY

The loss to Iowa hurt, and it hurt a lot. The Indiana Women's Basketball team did a tremendous job of bouncing back against Minnesota, dominating 85-62 at Assembly Hall. Much was due to a tough film session and practice following the Iowa loss.

“I think it was a pride thing. I believe that it hurt every single one of us to hear coach question whether or not we were ready to play that game,” graduate student Mackenzie Holmes said after the Minnesota game. “I think we all just took it personally. We hate losing more than we like to win. So I think that hearing that and having that loss really woke us up. We just don’t want to have that conversation again.”

The Iowa loss was ugly. The Hoosiers uncharacteristically turned the basketball over. Holmes was neutralized in the post. The crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena brought tons of energy. Indiana, a program built on grit and toughness, looked rattled and fragile against Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes.

Is the win against Minnesota the start of a new winning streak?

The short answer is yes. As Gus Cantrell said on Major League: Back to the Minors, "You start with one, then you win two in a row. If you win three, that's called a winning streak." They have the Minnesota game won; now they have to beat Purdue for the Barn Burner Trophy. Indiana should win that game, by the way.

After Purdue, the Hoosiers play a struggling Northwestern squad. They have a challenging game against #18 Ohio State on February 4th, but it is a winnable game.

Purdue is struggling, but they are still a rival

The Boilermakers head into the Barn Burner game struggling this season. This season, they are 9-8 (2-4 in the Big Ten). However, the Boilermakers are 8-1 at Mackey Arena. Led by senior guard Abbey Ellis, Purdue has proven to be a tough out at home. The Boilermakers have the size to match up with Mackenzie Holmes with forwards Caitlin Harper and Mary Ashley Stevenson.

This is the type of game where Yarden Garzon and Sydney Parrish can take advantage of their size on the wings and have big games.

After all, no one wants another tough conversation with Coach Moren.