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Video: Cheerleader makes amazing front-flip, half-court shot

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  February 22, 2013 01:39 AM

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Take that, every player in the NBA, WNBA and anyone who is headed for the men's or women's NCAA Tournament.

Ashlee Arnau, a cheerleader and soccer player at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Miss., made this amazing soccer-style-throw-in, full-front-flip, half-court shot Thursday at halftime of WCU's men's basketball game.

The ball was placed on the floor at midcourt. Arnau ran toward it, front-flipped while grabbing the ball while she was upside down and then fired it toward the basket while before legs finished swinging forward and hit the ground. A 3-pointer that was a perfect 10 on the can-you-top-this-viral-internet-trick-shot scale.

And no, you can't do this, Rondo, not matter what you said in Sports Illustrated this week.

Arnau's 3 1/2-pointer with a twist came (here's another You Tube clip of the shot from a slightly wider angle) just a few hours after the NBA trading deadline and was easily the basketball highlight of the day.

"I really don't practice at all," Arnau told the Associated Press. This shot was landed on her fifth attempt Thursday. She usually tries the shot a few times at each home game. Thursday's game, a 69-60 win over Auburn University-Montgomery, was the Crusader's final home game of the regular season. They will play in the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament starting on Feb. 27 in Montgomery, Ala., but it's likely Arnau will be asked to perform an encore, or at least give it another shot.

The 21-year-old junior also runs track for William Carey, which competes in NAIA. She told the AP that the front-flip shot was a takeoff on the front-flip throw-in that soccer players do.

Not surprisingly, this wasn't her first attempt. Arnau has been trying the shot during halftime of home basketball games since Christmas, but this was the first time she made it on her home floor. She once made the shot while attending a junior college tournament game, but that one bounced in. This shot hit nothing but net.

"I didn't count it because I wanted it to go nothing but net," she told the AP. "Tonight I was really blessed it happened."

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