Ekenasio converted 25 of her 26 goal attempts as New Zealand beat the hosts 47-45 to set up a World Cup final against Australia tomorrow.
Despite her own phenomenal contribution, Ekenasio highlighted the spirit and support within the Silver Ferns squad as key to their success.
“We’ve been building towards this, and I just know that every single one of us – we’ve all got each other’s backs. I just felt the full weight of the team behind me. What happened out on court was just full credit to everyone.
“This is what we’ve been working for, but it still feels really surreal. It’s been a grind, an absolute grind, and today not a single second was easy. It was tough.”
Their task was made even tougher by the capacity crowd, as the Roses fans gave their vocal support to Tracey Neville’s side as a seesaw match unfolded.
Of the atmosphere, Ekenasio added:
“It was loud – I think that was probably one of the loudest crowds I’ve ever played in front of. It was deafening and probably pretty intimidating to start with, so we just had to try to block it out.
“But it was pretty amazing – the crowd was into it, so it was pretty cool to play in front of.”